Letters to the Editor

Merciless fires changes lives

A small statue stands on scorched earth after the Clayton Fire passed through Lower Lake on Aug. 15.
A small statue stands on scorched earth after the Clayton Fire passed through Lower Lake on Aug. 15. aseng@sacbee.com

Hundreds of lives changed forever

Re “New blaze adds to Lake County’s pain” (Insight, Aug. 19): The first warning of the approaching disaster was the sight of a brownish-red haze on the horizon across the lake. Then came a faint odor of wood smoke, and tiny white flakes coated the hood of our truck parked outside. With brisk afternoon winds and a 100-degree, stifling heat baking the pavement of the road, we knew that a large fire was rapidly spreading across forests, vineyards and ranches and eventually to the town of Lower Lake directly south of our home. Merciless backdrafts would decimate entire blocks of homes, changing the lives of hundreds forever.

Jan Toulon, Upper Lake

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