La Tuna Fire Recovery Fund

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Raised by 117 people in 9 months
Hello, we are now starting the recovery process and starting a fund to help us get back on our feet. Please see photos and captions below.

All that is left of the house is ash...everything in the home and most of the property has burned completely. They were able to hold off the flames to my camper, so I fortunately have some belongings, but my mom has absolutely nothing left. We lost 1 of of beloved horses as well.

It's going to be a long road to recovery, but the American Red Cross is doing an amazing job helping us navigate the beginning of our recovery efforts.

This page is here to help us get back on our feet. Everything and anything is beyond appreciated. 

Thank you so much for your love and support...it means the world to us. 

Samantha and Linda Sherdel

We live in a canyon at the landscape of the canyon now looks like this throughout. 
This is what remains of Sam's photo studio she had built. She was unable to grab 40% of her equiptment and it was burned in this building. She lost all her photography softboxes, photography stands, an iMac, and a strobe light, all that she uses for her job. 
This is Pretty (left) and a sleepy Pistol (right) together harnessed and ready to get their toes trimmed earlier this year.
Pistol, during the blaze, was sucessfully rescued. He is now housed at the West Valley Shelter while we recover the property.
This is Pretty, she was rescued along with Pistol but was unfortunetly injured so badly during transportation that Sam faced the decision to euthanize her a few hours after we saw our burned home for the first time. We were able to say goodbye and hug her for the last time.
Pretty was a very special horse as she would smile for carrots or when she was having fun, as shown in the video above.
The remains of our camper we used to move from Florida in. 

The remains of the home and all contents in the home

Right before these firefighters told us to "Get out now!" and 15 minutes before our home and this mountain was engulfed in flames on September 2nd.
A photograph of Samantha (Left) and Linda (Right) from 2016, when Samantha took Linda to a concert. 
Linda finding the burnt and broken remains of a family heirloom. The row of concrete blocks are where the exterior walls of our home used to stand. 
Samantha found the remains of an old antique Kodak camera that was part of her personal collection.
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We wanted to update everyone on what going on with us post-fire. Its really the slowest process in the world...we are struggling to get a surveyor out here to see what our limitations are on the site for rebuilding. However, we finally were able to push forward in two major issues. We just got power restored on site, and now have lights and such in our temporary living trailers. Thats been a huge accomplishment and we are super excited. Additionally, we have a plumber who is picking up pipes and will be installing new water pipes late next week to restore 24/7 water on the property as well.

We are excited to update you on this progress and look forward to telling you the next stride we accomplish as we start working towards having a home on the property again :)

Thank you again for all your continued support and well wishes...they helped get us water and power :)

Sam and Linda
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We have been wanting to update you on progress. Unfortunately, we are still in a holding pattern but have been able to make a few strides towards recovery. We have successfully hauled off all the ash and the remains of the house. The property is now bare. We have brought Pistol back to the property and a therapy ranch in Bakersfield donated an unridable horse to keep Pistol company after losing his best friend. We think his new pasture-mate is helping to lift his spirits after losing Pretty.

We are working around the clock to move this process forward quicker, however most aspects of the recovery are a waiting game.

Thank you for your support and shares. We are able to keep our heads high because of the support we are receiving.

Thank you,

Sam and Linda.
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Yesterday we received a donation from 2 wonderful musicians, Raye Zaragoza and Madison Malone.

They wrote a song for us and the other 3 victims of the La Tuna Fires, as well as the people effected by Hurricane Harvey.

They donated the proceeds from the song to all of us.

Here is the music video of the song they wrote and preformed while the fire, that took our home, burned in the background.
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It's been a little over a week since we lost our home in the La Tuna fire. This past week has been a total blur, but the support and love we are receiving has really helped us press forward.
We are currently staying at a hotel with our 3 dogs. Both of us are not able to work as we did before the fire, so we are trying to figure out our next steps. Our hopes is to have Pistol, our remaining horse, back at the property and for us to find a semi-permanent living situation, while we start the rebuilding process.

It is going to take us 1-2 years to be living and working normally again and we really appreciate you helping us work towards that goal. Thank you so much.

Samantha and Linda
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