The photos were taken of us in happier times, we spoke so often about how thankful we were and how we loved our home where we were creating a wonderful nurturing space for our many creative interests and pursuits. We had the opportunity to welcome so many friends over the years until September 8th when the event that has devastated our community began.
A tremendous wind storm was still raging since the night before, we heard a siren and saw plumes of smoke..I decided to go out and see if I could see the fire from across the other side of the freeway, all I could see was smoke so I returned home. When I arrived home a few minutes passed and there was a loud banging on the door which I opened to find my neighbor who informed me that the fire is coming fast and the police are telling us to evacuate ASAP.
The first thing I did was to immediately get our Savanna cat that adopted us into his carrier in the car and then I rushed to check that my elderly neighbor was getting out safe.
We grabbed just a few musical instruments and special possessions as fast as we could, my heart was racing and I have never seen Earthstar in such a panic. Our friends called saying they had seen the fire and were in their truck coming to help us and load it up to save as much as possible but the traffic was at a standstill and they could never make it in time.
As I drove away my thoughts were positive that we would not lose our house, how could that be possible...
When we reached the main road I knew it was a major problem as the traffic was gridlocked, rerouted Semi-trucks, and all heading north to get away. We slowly went through the traffic to our friend's residence high in the Talent hills where we watched the fire in the valley below.
Some hours later I needed to know for sure if my house had survived, so I rode a motorcycle down to my neighborhood and walked in unnoticed ..., nothing can prepare you for the sight of your house and your beloved neighbor's houses flattened and engulfed in flame and the realization that all your material life is gone.
I know so many friends and neighbors who must be devastated too on our street Autumn Ridge Court and everywhere in Talent Oregon, and beyond.
Now we need funds to use to find shelter and recoup our huge losses, rebuild and renew our lives again and get back on our feet.
Very many friends are asking for our gofundme page which is not something I have ever been inclined to do before so this is.
A huge Thank you to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where I have worked for 16 years for housing us and our cat now in one of their studio apartments that are usually reserved for the actors.
And also please join our new Facebook group "Richard and Earthstar Oregon Wildfire Recovery Help" here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693823147452361