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Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann said at a news conference: “The fires are still out there, and they are still actively growing.”
Carlos Torres, who has lived in Coffey Park for a decade, said he was grateful to be alive, but he felt frustrated that his family had not gotten an evacuation order or alerts from authorities.
His 17-year-old daughter, Ashley Carreno, said she heard people in the neighborhood honking their car horns, trying to wake people up early Monday. But no word came from officials, they said.
“They didn’t say how bad it was going to be, that we’d need to evacuate,” Carlos Torres said. “We saw cars leaving, but we didn’t know why. … Nobody told us what was happening.”
Virtually everything the family owned — furniture and appliances and baby photos — was burned to a crisp. One of the few items to survive was a record album whose cover art Carlos’ daughter planned to use on the invitations to her upcoming quinceañera celebration. Torres said he saw the album’s title, “Back Home Again,” as a sign.
“I think of it as a message,” he said. “We got to keep going.”
Tim Stelloh reported from Santa Rosa. Daniel Arkin reported from New York.