Santa Rosa, California
Santa Rosa city officials threatened a $500-a-day fine until the homeowner cut the fence in half.
Back in October, this Paul Lowenthal was called in to put out a wildfire that was raging across Northern California. As he approached the site, he realized the neighborhood he had to protect was his own. Learn more about the story in a HuffPost Reports episode coming soon.
First you find a place for your family to sleep that night. But you’ll never be the same again.
As the Sonoma community rallies around the victims of the wildfires, those who were already homeless face an even bleaker future now.
Sgt. Brandon Cutting is also seen rushing door-to-door evacuating and rescuing local residents.
“It’s an unwieldy beast right now,” a fire information officer said.
It was the second dramatic bike escape reported this week, after a pregnant woman fled with her daughters in tow.
“We are at the worst conditions you could have right now.”
“I’ve been in the fire service for over 30 years, and I’m horrified at what I’ve seen," said Cal Fire public information officer Jerry Fernandez.
Some families have returned to find nothing but ashes.