2019-03-10T16:21:11-07:00March 7th, 2019|

I was already on my way to work in Roseville when I heard about a small grass fire near Concow on the radio news.  It started out at about 10 acres but grew to about 100 acres by the time I got to work, around 7:30 AM.  Then my son called me at work around

It was surreal

2019-03-10T16:23:10-07:00March 6th, 2019|

Al's morning ritual is to get the newspaper at 7:15am, have a cup of coffee and then shower and shave. November 8th didn't begin that way. He was surprised that we had electricity based on robo-calls, emails, and TV reports. He went outside to get the paper and hurried back in saying he saw flames.


2019-04-01T11:20:51-07:00March 5th, 2019|

First day in along time I took a day off of work, and my Husband was in Sacramento working that day. It was just him and I and 1 dog and 5 cats. I was already at 7:30am running around town getting errands done. As I look to the sky noticing a red glow and

Paradise survivor

2019-04-01T11:22:56-07:00February 22nd, 2019|

  Rushed out of Paradise like everyone else on the 8th. Thru drone pictures and property check, realized that my mobile home survived, although 90% of park destroyed! Went to various govt. agencies for help. SADLY lots of misinformation, but kept at it and achieved what was available. Also had insurance. Received initial help okay,

Scattered among the ashes

2019-03-05T11:31:14-08:00February 7th, 2019|

I learned about the fire from seeing the smoke at 7:30am.  I was on my way to get some lab tests done at the draw station behind the post office in Magalia, when I saw the smoke. I just knew this one was way different, something inside me just knew it would be bad.  I

Escape From Paradise

2019-04-01T11:31:05-07:00February 7th, 2019|

ESCAPE FROM PARADISE Thursday, November 8, 2018, started in typical fashion... I got up around 6 a.m., put on some coffee and watched the news, nothing of particular note. My wife Carol made an appearance sometime later. I was scheduled for an 8 a.m. root canal after which I planned to head for Portland. My