Wednesday, Nov 28, 2007
The wind has died down and firefighters have made substantial progress in containing the Corral Fire. Evacuation orders have been lifted, roads within the burned area have reopened to residents, and the park has begun recovering from its impacts.
Superintendent Woody Smeck put out this message to park staff on Monday on ways in which they could support and assist those park residents who lost everything in the fire:
âAs many of you know, the Corral Fire (or Malibu Fire) that consumed over 4,700 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains this past weekend destroyed two National Park Service residential buildings in Solstice Canyon. Seven rangers and science interns were able to safely evacuate their homes just minutes before wind-driven flames destroyed everything. Unfortunately, with little time to react, they lost all of their personal property, including items of intense personal value such as wedding and family photos, china, jewelry, personal papers, and art work.
âFor most of us, we can only imagine what it means to lose our home. The emotions and memories are overwhelming and for these individuals, this has been a very difficult time. Yet, they have found needed comfort and strength from the many family, friends, and colleagues that have called with expressions of sorry and support. The meaning of âNational Park Service Familyâ has shown its true spirit and grace.
âMany of you have asked how you can help. The Santa Monica Mountains Fund, our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has created a fund to help replace the personal loses experienced by Eric, June, Larry, Rebecca, Steve, Sarah, and Tarja. Cash donations can be made to the Santa Monica Mountains Fund at 401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, California, 91360. Please indicate âFire Recovery Fundâ on the memo line. Information on how to donate on-line will be announced shortly.
âOur thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the fire. We will do everything necessary to rebuild and recover from this very tragic loss.â
Although the fire is close to containment and many firefighters have demobilized, the weather forecast is calling for increased winds again later this week.