Wolf lost everything in Valley Fire

$11,077 of $25.7k goal

Raised by 125 people in 12 months
We barely escaped the 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
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Update 8
1 month ago

We’re making progress! The property has been cleared, a power pole has been installed, water is flowing, the driveway has been repaired by the tree companies (all the heavy machinery cleaning the property eroded the road), and we planted 10 trees on Arbor Day.

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…
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Update 7
9 months ago

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the friends, family, and anonymous donors who came together to support us during this difficult time. We are so grateful to have your support. Some donated financially, some donated time at the property, and others donated time researching our options. We are very grateful to everyone. Thank you.

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!
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Update 6
12 months ago

The lieutenant with us said this was the worst fire she has seen. It acted as an inferno - glass liquefied, metal melted, paper and wood disintegrated.
The Wolf residence
'57 Chevy Stepside
The orchard; the fig tree survived
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Update 5
12 months ago

Photos around the property. Nothing but the cast iron cookware survived.
washer and dryer
home library
the mattress
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Mary Callahan Burgess
12 months ago
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Hi, Julie. I am a reporter at The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa and would like to hear your story. If you are willing to talk, you can call me at (707) 521-5249. I am sorry about what has befallen you and so many. Take care, Mary Callahan

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Julie Wolf
12 months ago

@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.

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Julie Wolf
12 months ago

@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.

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Julie Wolf
12 months ago

@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 :)

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Cain Templeman
12 months ago

I don't have enough money to donate. The website is stopping me from donating $3. My thoughts go out man.

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Steven Hegarty
12 months ago

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

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$11,077 of $25.7k goal

Raised by 125 people in 12 months
Created September 14, 2015
JA
$50
jeanne ahlgren
9 months ago
$100
Anonymous
10 months ago
$50
Anonymous
11 months ago
$7
Anonymous
11 months ago
MS
$7
Mary S
11 months ago
$50
Robert EDgren
11 months ago

Wow. This makes one stop and realize how lucky you are. No one hurt Thank God!

$12
Anonymous
11 months ago
$100
Anonymous
11 months ago
VS
$50
Victoria Smith
11 months ago
$200
Anonymous
11 months ago
Mary Callahan Burgess
12 months ago
1
1

Hi, Julie. I am a reporter at The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa and would like to hear your story. If you are willing to talk, you can call me at (707) 521-5249. I am sorry about what has befallen you and so many. Take care, Mary Callahan

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Julie Wolf
12 months ago

@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.

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Julie Wolf
12 months ago

@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.

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Julie Wolf
12 months ago

@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 :)

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Cain Templeman
12 months ago

I don't have enough money to donate. The website is stopping me from donating $3. My thoughts go out man.

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Steven Hegarty
12 months ago

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

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