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Thank God and keep your land clear

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One of my worst fears of all-time became a horrifying reality on Aug. 30. I was on my way home from Costco when I looked up and saw a plume of smoke coming from the northwest. I thought to myself … I sure hope that is nowhere near Auburn. As you all know, it was definitely near Auburn. In fact, it was right down the street from my house. Within the next few minutes, I received three calls from my husband: one to tell me that there was a fire on Locksley Lane, the next one to tell me that we were under a “voluntary” evacuation order, and the final one telling me to get home now! Just a few minutes after arriving home, I looked out our back windows and noticed, to my horror, that all of our trees were ablaze. My husband saw this at the same time as I did and yelled to everyone to get out now! Fortunately, we all got out safely. I called everyone I knew and asked them to pray! Well, I am very happy to announce that all of the many prayers were answered. Thanks to God, the firefighters and my husband’s diligence in keeping our property cleared, we still have our house and the fire was prevented from burning the rest of Saddleback Estates. So, I guess the moral to this story is to take the time to keep the brush cleared from your property. As a footnote, my husband told the firefighters that were camped out overnight on our property that he would never again complain about weed eating. Renee Berg, Auburn