The fire and the frying pan

By Mimi Teller, Red Cross volunteer  Stephanie Meredith and Kristi Lewton purchased their Juniper Hill house only four months before the Bobcat Fire burned it down, along with what little personal history and memories their new home held.   Once it was safe to return home, Stephanie and Kristi did. The Red Cross provided them with snacks, water and cleaning supplies, as well as a shovel, rake and sifter to search...

Paying it forward: One man’s journey after the Bobcat Fire

By Helen Brooks, Red Cross volunteer  There are times in your life when you come across a person who has a genuine soulfulness about them. Ronnie Gains is one such person. I spoke with Ronnie on the phone following his experience evacuating from the Bobcat Fire.   Ronnie lives in Pearblossom, a community in the Antelope Valley with a population of just 2,435 people. After the evacuation order was announced for his...

Healing power of music amid a wildfire

By Debi Moraza, Red Cross volunteer  The Bobcat Fire started quickly and grew rapidly. While it initially stayed in the mountain pass, one turn of the wind brought the threat closer to families and homes forcing an evacuation order.   The evacuation orders for the Arcadia foothills were stressful – families were forced to leave the comfort and security of their homes and head into the unknown.   In addition to providing the...

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