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November 2018

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California Camp Fire The fires, which began Thursday morning, had by nightfall wiped out the community of Paradise, north of Sacramento.

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Written by: Jessica Ostrowski for Kc Snow
Friday, February 15, 2019

I am a victim of the California Wild Fires.   I am safe and healthy, but need to fix my place and help others do the same.I am thankful for waking up the morning of the fire to use the bathroom and, instead of crawling back in bed and ignoring the dogs barking, which is what I was literally about ...

Written by: Cassey Cat McMurray for Cassey Cat McMurray
Friday, February 15, 2019

My name’s Cassie McMurray, or Coach Cat as many know me.  I’m the Paradise High School Cheerleading coach and my family are Camp Fire Survivors.  I wanted to tell our story so people could hear it and maybe it could help somebody. I have five daughters and on November 8, it started as a normal day for my family.  We got up at 6:30 for school and got everybody ready.  I dropped my little three daughters off at e...

Written by: Ernest Urban for Ernest Urban
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Homeless Paradise Evacuees Seeking Urgent Help

Following the Camp Fire in Paradise, Ca, my fiance and I were staying at the Redcross Shelter at Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, Ca.  We have FEMA and Redcross cases there, still pending.  Redcross forced us to leave shelter and we had nowhere to go.  Since then, we have been living in our car.  We haven't gotten any help.  Every day, we stress about how we are going to eat or get gas for our car.  We have been complying with FEMA and Redcross since day one.&...

Written by: Jessica Ostrowski for Kayla Modrell
Monday, February 11, 2019

My Camp Fire evacuation started at 7:30 am when I told my boss that I think we should leave.  Before the fire, I worked at an assisted living home with the elderly.  My boss called a meeting. One of my co-workers, Tia, and I started getting residents up and in the living room.  By 9:30 am, I loaded three residents into my car.  We didn’t get off of Sawmill Road till 10:30 am.Houses were going up in flames and I did what I had to.  The ladies I had in my c...

Written by: Jessica Ostrowski for Joe Arias
Monday, February 11, 2019

It was November 8, 2018.  Joe Arias and housemate Michael woke up that morning to the sounds of unexplained explosions.  Shortly after, at 7:30 AM, Joe's three-year-old daughter, Jayde, was dropped off to him.  Jayde's mother, Samantha, told Joe that a fire had started near their small mountain town of Paradise, California, and had spread to 180 acres.  The explosions Joe and Michael heard earlier that morning had been propane tanks on nearby properties.  The sky was ora...

Written by: Amy Mcfarland for Amy Mcfarland
Monday, February 11, 2019

On November 8th, our lives were forever changed.  The kids went to school, I went to work, and my husband and I prepared for our daughter's tenth birthday the following day.  As we left the house that day, we had no idea it would be for the last time.  A mere two hours later, I was frantically dialing cell phones, trying to reach my children.  My husband was able to get them from their schools, but then we lost contact.  Before my son's phone cut out, he t...

Written by: Jessica Ostrowski for Nicole Ritza
Sunday, February 10, 2019

On the day of November 8, 2018, I got up to get ready to work.  Left my house at 6:30 am.  Passed a fire engine on my way to work.  Didn’t think anything of it.  Sitting at work.  7:15 am- I look outside and could tell by the color of the sky that there is a fire near.  I log onto Facebook and read there’s a fire in the Pulga Concow area.  Still didn’t think much of it as we are sti...

Written by: Jessica Ostrowski for Brittney Morrison
Sunday, February 10, 2019

Thirty-four-year-old Brittney Morrison finally felt she had gotten to an ideal place in her life.  She had landed a job she loved, built a loving home with partner Michael, her three beautiful children were happy, healthy, and enthusiastically learning through an incredible homeschooling program, and Brittney was getting ready to start taking some night classes to further herself even more.  She loved where she had planted her roots—in the small mountain town of Paradise, California...

Written by: Dannette Barefield for Dannette Barefield
Sunday, February 10, 2019

Two Times Burnt

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My story really started 20 years ago.  I was a young mother of four who was woken by my young nephew telling me there was a fire.  As my eyes adjusted and focused, I looked past my nephew and saw flames aglow on my bedroom door.  Panicked, I ran outside for the water hose.  I lost two of my four babies that morning.  Now, 20 years later-- almost to the date 20 years later ( 1 day off)-- I am reliving the nightmare that I still can not wake up from.  This t...

Written by: Jessica Ostrowski for Rachel Galvin
Saturday, February 9, 2019

My wife, Micalah, and I woke up, as usual, on November 8th, 2018-- a day like any other day.  Little did we know that November 8th, 2018, would be a date that would stay with us the rest of ou...

Written by: Susie Cook for Susie Cook
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Escaping the Flames

On November 8th, 2018 I woke up to a windy morning. I was watching the news while I was getting ready for work. The news said there was a 200 acre fire burning in Pulga...I wasnt worried, Pulga is a canyon away. I left to go down to work in Chico, by the time I made it part way down the hill my phone was blowing up with people telling me they were evacuating Paradise. I turned around and headed back home to get my son, dog and boyfriend. We had 10 minutes to grab what we could and get out. I ...

Written by: Scarolet Ellis for Scarolet Ellis
Saturday, February 9, 2019

We are a family of six-- my husband, four teenangers, and I.  Two of them are special needs kids.  We used to live in Paradise, California, in what was called CHIP housing, which is low income housing.  On the day of Nov. 8th, our lives were changed.A fire broke out and we were ...

Written by: Tanessa Smith for Tanessa Smith
Saturday, February 9, 2019

The morning of November 8th, 2018, started just like any other.  It quickly turned into an ugly, hurry-up-and-wait, try to get out, run for your life, is my husband alive, is my son alive, are we going to live day.  A situation like I had never been in before.  We left our home at 9 AM to try to evacuate to the next town.  It is usually a 25 minute drive.  We arrived there at 6 PM.  We had spent several hours trying to evacuate.  I ended up trapped in...

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Jenn Ratcliff posted an update.
2/11/2019 11:48:37 Disaster Assist Team - Resources Document with verified information, resources, events & community updates.
Dannette Barefield posted an update.
2/10/2019 15:00:01 In need of housing and furnishing gift cards for groceries gas and life items! need of car or car repairs..
Dannette Barefield posted an update.
2/10/2019 14:58:05 My story really started 20 years ago. I was a young mother of 4 who was woken by young nephew telling me there was a fire as my eyes adjust and focused I look around my nephew and see flames aglow upon my bedroom door. Panicked I run to outside for the water hose well need less to explain but I lost 2 of my 4 babies that morning. Now 20 years later almost to the date 20 years later ( 1 day off) I am reliving the nightmare that I still can not wake up from. This time it didn't takes a life from me but has in way of now in separation from the love of my life together 18 years in 4 days from me writing this. Now I am so stretched thin that somehow forgot to pay my storage and now losing what material items I have been able to get since the fire was a total loss on where I lived what I wore and who I loved and all I had left of my kids and parents grandparents may you all RIP... Plus now I just got off the phone with FEMA and Looks to be a few months before they may have a trailer for me. My car is breaking down because all the driving I am having to do. I have gone broke from just survivng day to day and auto repairs that all just keep coming!!! I am at my wit's end and really in need of any and all help... Really don't need a counselor session though do to the fact I have 3 at moment weekly!!!! Thank you and I pray that God is Blessing Some One out there!!!!
Cassey Cat McMurray posted an update.
2/7/2019 14:25:59 My family of 7 is mostly in need of gas cards for commute to work and food cards. We have a Venmo under the-mcmurray7 or Cassey As well as a paypal under
Altheia Dunham posted an update.
2/5/2019 22:36:05 I would love gifts card so I can buy furniture, are just give me gifts cards would help me ,
Margaret Lister posted an update.
11/19/2018 22:39:44 I am on zello app. I have a SAR dog. posting incase another dog team is needed
Joshua Tomshack posted an update.
11/16/2018 10:06:37 I just added you guys in zello have family fighting the fires there I live in oregon and will help any I can
Nicole Metzler posted an update.
11/12/2018 00:02:53 Can transport supplies, people and/or animals. Can help organize and distribute supplies. Great phone and communication skills. Some medical background and first aid/cpr certified. Can also just sit and be a shoulder for someone to cry on!
Marlene Dodge posted an update.
11/11/2018 13:31:22 I’m availabke for livestock transport. Also have bunkhouse available for two people and stalls for 4-5 horses.
mallie messri posted an update.
11/11/2018 11:47:12 Good morning. I can help transport animals, bring supplies and anything with physical labor. We live in Woodland Hills and want to help any neighbors.
Madison Maker posted an update.
11/10/2018 23:37:13 Able bodied builder/fabricator, and heavy equiptment operator. Functions well in high stress situations. Have some online crowd relief experience from Irma and Harvey. Have the ability to move people or donations from point A to B. Great organization skills, experienced with creating systems and organzing/managing large crews of people. Experienced animal caretaker. Pulga and Paradise were bother homes of mine, I want to help. Currently trying to pool resources in Nevada County to get a few more shelters up and running.
Cheryl Isbell posted an update.
11/10/2018 21:13:56 Can help with just about everything. Have a guest room for someone to stay with us until they can get on their feet. Can take care of animals. Can make monetary donation.
Heather Johnson posted an update.
11/10/2018 20:29:06 Can help organize supplie. Currently volunteering at a place here in Redding, helping CARR fire want to help the CAMP fire.
Natasha Kalk posted an update.
11/10/2018 20:19:53 In wi! My home state is Cali so I’m willing to help in anyway I can! Pls let me know! Thanks and God Bless!
jessica aguirre posted an update.
11/10/2018 17:15:40 Can help with supplies or drop offs. Please let me know