Santa Rosa, California last week
The following has been copied from a personal e-mail sent out by Doug Smith to a number of his friends – all of whom happened to be gents.
Sorry about the rather delayed response, but this is a late notification that all is OK for the Smiths in Santa Rosa.
We were awakened at 02:00 yesterday and evacuated to a rescue center while the incredible fire storm ravaged our part of town. High winds and low humidity overwhelmed the firefighters early in the process, and they focused only on getting people “out”.
Damage and stresses are immense, however the Smiths are OK having now weathered the worst of matters. The fire line stopped 500 yards from our residence. More than 1000 homes and many commercial and industrial facilities were destroyed in our neighborhood, with 20,000 evacuated, but we are in our house and OK. Except for not being able to see more than 100 yds for smoke today, matters seem to have stabilized,
Please overlook any delayed response to your Emails as it has been rather busy for us and we are assisting our neighbors.
Best to all, 8074 Doug Smith (‘Smitty’)
Update #2 – The Smiths “Breathing Easier”
Just a brief update to thank everyone for their concerns, thoughts, and support during this very harrowing time for Judy and I in Santa Rosa. We are solidly in our home now, with the evacuation orders lifted and what appears to be an opportunity to get on with business as usual.
Our utilities are not completely back on (I.E Gas) but we can certainly get on with cold water and no heat for a while without struggle.
Our sympathies go out to the thousands of people who have lost everything in this recent wildfire, and/or those still fighting the battles elsewhere in this city/county.
Thank you all again for your expressed concerns, and again we certainly appreciate your sympathy and support. The Smittys
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