On Wednesday July 25th, 2018, my mom and stepdad, Susan and Scott Dunn, were evacuated from their cabin in Mountain Center, near Idyllwild, California from the Cranston Fire, set by arson. They had just returned from my moms surgery that morning and had just enough warning to wrangle their three cats into a carrier, the dog and leave. They even forgot the dog leash and phone chargers. At 9:05 minutes into this video you can see their cabin burning.
They need immediate assistance for every day odds and ends and long term assistance for new housing as they are currently displaced residents. As far as we can tell right now, they lost everything. They do not have insurance on the cabin and are both disabled and on a fixed, low income.
I have no idea as to what this is going to cost but I know that anything helps ease the burden. We are hoping to relocate them to the Northwest so they can be closer to family. We need to secure lodging for at least six months in the new location while we get their residency and disability updated in a new state. If anyone has experience navigating social services or emergency relief for housing that would be immensely helpful.
This fire has been a devastating loss to so many in the Idyllwild community. I know my mom and stepdad are not the only people impacted by this tragedy.
Please consider donating to help them relocate following the loss of the cabin they have lived in for more than 25 years, along with all of their belongings.
Images of the fire ripping through the cabin. According to witnesses it took about 15 minutes to burn.
The black circle is an estimation of where their cabin was.
What's was left of the cabin.
Hard working fire fighters doing all they can to save as much as they can. I can't thank them enough. Just some places were unsalvageable for safety or logistical reasons. Unfortunately, my mom and stepdads place was one of the ones lost.