Sorry I’ve been MIA. It seems I get to publicly thank CON once again. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have the skills that I have now to help my childhood community, Anderson Springs, which was nearly destroyed in the “Valley Fire” in California. My great-grandmother and grandparents bought the cabin probably in the late 40s or early 50s and it’s been a wonderful place for our family and extended family to gather over the years.
As I was frantically searching for info on our family’s cabin, I saw others also searching for info on their property, too, on various news sites, Twitter, message boards. No one was getting answers and so I looked and found that there was only one private group on Facebook about Anderson Springs, so I created a new public page and used social media to spread the word.
With the few connections I have, we have been able to get answers to about a dozen people who their homes/cabins were destroyed, and also spread the good news that one person’s home remained. Only 9 of the 80 or so homes were unharmed.
Can you imagine these folks not being allowed back to their homes/cabins (fire is still active in that area), and not knowing? This is the fourth day. Please pray for this community and those affected by the fire. Back in the day, most of the cabins were primarily used as summer vacation homes. Now the majority are used year-round and many are primary residences. Many lost everything. The one reported death was an elderly disabled woman from our community. There is currently one man missing from Anderson Springs.
This video has gone viral. It shows an #AndersonSprings resident who had heard about the fire, but lost all outside communication as they were packing and getting ready to leave. He checked outside and the sky was clear and he could not smell smoke, so he thought he still had more time. He was shocked to drive out of his area and encounter this raging fire as he exited the community. There is only one way out and he had to risk it. Some of my favorite memories as a child was being with my grandparents on this road as we walked around the “Springs.” As we walked around the Springs, there were houses we used as landmarks to know how far we had walked. Those landmarkers are gone. It was devastating to watch.
Currently, Cal Fire is reporting that the #ValleyFire is now 70,000 acres with containment remaining at 30 percent. The fire started on Saturday and spread with unprecedented speed because of the years of drought and high winds.