Wolf lost everything in Valley Fire
Video taken on 9/12 @ 8:30pm. The fire spread too quickly, we received no evacuation notice.
Before and after of the Wolf residence.
The irony of what survived - Smokey the Bear
My mother-in-law, Julie Wolf's, full-time residence is located in Anderson Springs, outside of Middletown, CA. The house was built by her grandfather from a JCPenney catalog kit house, my husband grew up there, and we were married by the creek. The family pets are buried on the property. She recently completed remodeling the kitchen with small tiles her mother saved over the years. She created a tile mosaic of the four seasons. My husband learned how to drive in the driveway (if you know him, cars are an important piece of his life).
We barely escaped, but we are happy to be alive. She does not have insurance. Because her job involved working on the homes in the community, she no longer has work.
Julie is an artist who specializes in murals, faux finishes, and commissioned art pieces. Please pass along the word, any work would be appreciated. Check out her business page, https://www.facebook.com/WolfDesignMurals
We are setting up this campaign to gather funds to support the loss of income, including purchasing tools and art supplies lost in the fire, so Julie can go back to work. In addition, cleaning the property, start rebuilding the house, restocking essentials like food, supplies, clothes, and furniture.
It's amazing how quickly you lose everything considering how long it will take to rebuild the house and community.
Timeline of events:
- My in-laws were in the house going about their day.
- Fire broke out on Cobb Mountain around 1:30pm, but they had no idea.
- She lost power around 3pm, but that's not unusual out there.
- We happened to be visiting and saw the smoke from a distance. We arrived to her house around 4pm and notified her about the fire on the other mountain.
- We started packing the essentials preparing to evacuate. We did not receive an evacuation notice or phone call (the landline worked until about 7pm). Not even the deer in the orchard were worried.
- We continued to pack and finally made the decision to leave the house around 8:30pm. We left too late, but there was no sign the fire was so close. No ash was falling, we did not smell smoke, could not see flames, did not feel any heat, no sirens, no planes, nothing.
- Once we pulled out of the driveway and got to the top of the hill, we saw the fire about a half-mile from the house. There is only one road out of Anderson Springs towards Middletown, so we had to escape through the inferno. We drove about 8-9 miles through this before we made it to safety.
We have really appreciated our friends' and family's offers for support during this difficult time. We set this up to give our greater community somewhere they could make a difference for someone they know and care about. Everyone's contributions mean so very much.
Thank you, the Wolf family.
P.S. Julie's favorite numbers are 7 and 12. Even if you can only donate $7, it will help rebuild the house, one nail at a time.
- The family created this on behalf of Julie
#Valley Fire #Middletown #Lake County
Posted by Julie Wolf
We have purchased a GMC motorhome as home base; it’s unlike any motorhome you’ve seen; http://blog.rvshare.com/gmc-motorhome-2/. We’re keeping busy milling lumber from all the burned pine trees on the property.
Anderson Springs is working on building a municipal-style sewer system and once this is in process, they will start issuing permits. The Lake County Board of Supervisors is exploring potential code exemptions to ease rebuilding. The last cleanup truck left Lake County in June; the total clean up included 250,000 tons of material, in 23,519 loads carried by 10-wheel dump trucks.
Again, thank you FEMA, PG&E, AT&T, all the tree and cleanup services, and everyone who donated or helped around the property – we couldn’t have done it without you!
To our surprise, our video was all over the news last night because the official CAL Fire report was released… the fire was started from a homeowner’s faulty hot tub wiring…
Posted by Julie Wolf
As for now…
- We are waiting for FEMA to clean the property
- The dead trees have been cut down and we will have a mobile lumber mill come to the property to mill wood for the new house
- We are keeping busy working on a GMC motorhome, so we have a roof over our heads during the rebuild
- Most of the mural painting tools have been replaced
- We are fully stocked up on clothing and shoes
Again, we would like to thank everyone for helping us. We will keep you posted on the progress!
Posted by Julie Wolf
@Steven, we have additional information about the houses in Anderson Springs. Please send me PM with your friends email address and we will contact them about their house.
@steven - when we return, we will take video and survey all of Anderson Springs. We don't have confirmed data, but here is the latest map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zp8nK_5H0MFQ.kzTmU5XK-qJQ&ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=37.055177%2C-120.454102&spn=17.505593%2C18.720703&z=5&source=embed Unofficial word is a few houses have survived.
@cain - thank you. The minimum donation per GoFundMe is $5, so if you can pull together an extra $2, we would really appreciate it! That could be our next lunch :)
I don't have enough money to donate. The website is stopping me from donating $3. My thoughts go out man.
we have friends that have a house at the end of Andersen springs rd they are not able to get up there, do you think all the houses are gone