I went to boost the immunity of Luna and her boys in Rose Valley yesterday. Helicopters had been making continuous laps to the ranch for water drops two days straight and I had been informed that they were noticeably anxious. Everyone got b vitamin shots and a jar filled with a rag dipped in lavender essential oil to calm their nerves too.
While there, a brigade of firetrucks from all over the west pulled in and started setting fire to the hills surrounding the ranch in order to protect it from the larger fire fast approaching. I left before the job was done but I have been assured that it is finished now. The hills are bare and charred but the structures and animals are all ok!
Ojai is quite a sad sight right now. The road from Ojai to Rose Valley shows very little remaining life. The entire landscape has been mowed down and blackened by the fires this week. I know it is a natural and necessary cycle for land to burn every now and then but it is also violent and heartbreaking. I saw too many shells of what were once family homes.
We feel for the victims of these fires and offer our help to rebuild this community. We are all here for one another. The people of Ojai and all of Ventura County cannot be broken. We will get through this together!
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Engineer Cory Iverson, who died fighting the #thomasfire . Until our time comes, we will keep the watch for you down here, and once more we will go into the breech. #ripcoryiverson#LODD
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#RedCross emergency response vehicle (ERV) drivers plot their course along CA State Route 150, between Santa Paula and Ojai, where they will be delivering water, snacks and air masks to victims of the #ThomasFire. Charred, smoking hillside lined one side of the street, while the remnants of cars and buildings were often spotted on the other. by Dermot Tatlow for the American Red Cross