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September 14, 2015


Kathy Czuprynski

Please stay safe. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all those affected by the fires.

Linda W.

Thank you for this post. We see this on our news of course, but being across the country makes it feel very far away. Your comments and pictures make it very very real and remind us of the devastation going on. We keep fingers crossed that you, your family, and home will be safe. Stay strong as life as you and your community knew it renews into a new normal. Please keep us posted on your personal story.

Barbara Anne

Oh Nicole, this is so tragic, sad, and scary. I've been praying for enough steady rains to put out these terrible fires and for the safety of all there.

Be wise, pack the car, and don't wait until the last minute to leave if it comes to that. Be safe.

I wish I could be of help to you.

Big hugs!


Nicole, I agree with Barbara Anne, give yourself plenty of time to get to safety. How terrifying!

About six years ago we had a bad bushfire that was four kilometers from us with temperatures of 48 deg C. That was scary enough but thankfully three or four helicopters water bombing for days helped to contain it. All firefighters deserve honour for their courage and commitment!

I do hope and pray they will be able to contain it before there is more loss. Stay safe!


Nicole, my thoughts are with you and your family! Do stay safe and take care!!!

Mary Kastner

Nicole, be safe and take care of yourself. I just keep watching the news. it is impossible to grasp the enormity of this situation in our beloved state right now. I am thinking of you and praying for this to end soon for all the people involved.



I am not quite sure where you live but every time I see these fires on the news I think of you knowing you are close. We were evacuated during the '03 Old fire in So Cal and it was such a scary time. We were lucky but my in-laws lost a home. So much devastation. May you all be safe and hope they get some control soon and are able to save homes. Keeping you in out thoughts and prayers. God bless all those firefighters.

Becky in KCMO

Our hearts (DH, too) go out to you. Gold Country is one of our favorite vacation spots. Don't you have respiratory problems? The smoke can't be good for that. If it were me, I would have left by now, but I understand deserting all you have worked your life for. Please stay safe and don't put yourself in harm's way.

Donna M.

Stay safe and pack the car. Fires move very fast. Family, including pets,legal docs, photos, meds, sneak in a quilt or 2. The rest can be replaced if need be.
Our daughter and her family are in Sacramento area. Smoke is very heavy there.


Prayers for you and your family, neighbors and particularly, the firefighters. Stay safe.

Jennifer Gwyn

Amazing photos and your personal journey right now is tremendous. I wish you first safety for your entire family and everything else right after that. I look forward to hearing from you again, with better news. Take care and if there is something other than the donations you think I can do from Houston, TX, please let me know.

Kathleen G

We have been battling fires here in Washington for the last month, and totally realize what you are going through. It tugged at my heart to see all the firefighters arriving to help....from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. What amazing people these firefighters are. Sadly, 3 were lost when they couldn't escape, in a vehicle, in time. Which leads to my next point: fire moves FAST. Please don't wait til the last minute if you are ordered to go. Prayers for you all!


stay safe! is so heart breaking to see the devastation on the news. :(

Susie Q

Your sky pictures strike a core....

And I know what you mean about a line of "saviors". Once after a bad hurricane I watched 75 electric trucks stream into Galveston and it still gives me goose bumps.


My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


Didn't know you were this close...thinking of you and praying that everything will be all right. Please stay safe! xoxo


Praying for everyone out there.

Sue Slater

Oh Nicole, I thought of you when I saw the news of the fires. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Stay safe.


My thoughts, prayers and hugs are with you and everyone affected. I hope the fires get under control soon and God bless these and all firefighters indeed.

Gloria Yates

Praying for you and all those affected by these fires. Please be safe and ready to leave. My sil was a firefighter for 25 years, recently retired at age 50 so I know some of the hazards of firefighters. Praise for that line of fire trucks coming into area. Gives me goose bumps.


I am praying for you and all my friends in the area as well as my son-in-law and my daughter living in the area who are also on evacuation alert. It has been a rough few days but they say the weather is improving for the Butte fire. I hope it improves for the Lake county fire as well. Things can be replaced. Stay safe and go if you have to.......Blessings G

Debbie Martin

Prayers for you, your family and everyone in the area. Be safe.


Nicole, you & your loved ones, friends & neighbors are in my thoughts during this terrifying time. Take care of yourselves & give plenty of time to get out safely if/when the order comes.

Helen storer

Hope you and your loved ones are safe. Fire us such a destructive force, after the long droughts you have been enduring what more can mother nature throw at you.

Marie Simmonds

Nicole, prayers are with you and you neighbors during this frightening time. Living in the So Cal mountains, we were evacuated in 2003 and again in 2007. We were fortunate both times that our home was spared. You are right to prepare in the event of, and I pray that it does not come to evacuating. Take care.

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