It is with great sadness that we are reporting our newest blogger and good friend George Stimson and his partner Sandy Good have lost their home to California's latest wildfire. The Valley Fire in Lake County has been fast moving and ferocious, they are by no means alone in their loss but when it's someone you know it somehow makes it more personal.
The Valley Fire started early Saturday afternoon while George and Sandy were out of town. It began about two miles from their home, as the crow flies. In less than 24 hours the fire grew to 40,000 acres. It is now at 61,000 acres and counting. California's drought conditions coupled with last week's 100+ degree temperatures in the area no doubt contributed to the aggressiveness of the fire. Over 10,000 people have been displaced and more than 400 homes lost. Entire small communities were wiped out.
George and Sandy do have some place to stay. They are not in a shelter or living in their car and for that they are grateful. They may be in a state of shock now but they will bounce back. We wish them good things for the future.
We've been emailing back and forth for the last few days trying to keep each other informed and follow what's going on. You're safe and in the end that's what matters. Glad you were able to save the rabbits. Take care friend, and let us know if you need anything.
Matt & Julie