49 Fire survivor: Burned, blinded cat purrs for lost owners

The unnamed cat’s paws are red and raw from walking on red-hot embers. Her eyes are singed and closed, their corneas both badly burned. Smoke filled her lungs and she had to be p ...

Thanks to wise tractor driver

I live on Dry Creek Road across from the field that was on fire and I would to thank the tractor driver who made the fire break that saved our home and the homes of our neighbors. ...

Give honest reason for hunt

The Placer County Fish & Game Commission unfortunately capitulated to their hunting buddies by voting to recommend to the Placer County Board of Supervisors that a doe and spotless ...

Rather be fire-safe than sorry

In response to Michael Stark’s reaction to voluntary evacuation notice (Reader Input, Sept. 1) – maybe he was upset – but I consider it a godsend. I am a 53-year resident of ...

Animal rescue groups came through

It is with great pride and gratitude that I write this letter in regards to Placer County Animal Service’s and its partnering groups’ outstanding response to the 49 Fire. The ...

Blessed to live in Auburn

As I arrived at my son’s football game at Placer High School at 2:30 Sunday I noticed for the first time the black cloud of smoke over North Auburn. I could hear the different p ...

‘Red goop’ drop saved house

Thank you to all of the firefighters who saved our house! We live at the very end of Windsong Court and you stopped the fire just before it got to our house. Thank you for all of t ...

Corded phone a real lifesaver

The power being shut off Sunday as a safety precaution was understandable. Unfortunately, without power, telephone evacuation information got cut off, too. Then cell communication ...

Wind-up radio, KAHI a savior

I would like to thank Auburn’s own radio station, KAHI, for the incredible, continuous coverage of the fire Sunday. We live in Christian Valley and when our power went out at ab ...

Heroes saved most neighbors’ homes

I am one of the very fortunate residents in the Northpark subdivision. Fire units arrived as three houses across the court started on fire along with the house next door. By some ...

Make sure we don’t overlook lessons from fire

Residents and business owners who saw their lives forever changed by the 49 Fire returned Tuesday to witness the deadly recipe of weather, wind and flame that ripped through their ...

Blaze uproots ‘Santa’ from his North Auburn abode

The man who plays Santa Claus is having many gifts given to him following Sunday’s 49 Fire. Jack Kenny, who portrays St. Nick for children at the Auburn Boys & Girls Club and the ...

49 Fire takes toll on pets

Pets – from dogs and cats to birds and tortoises – are part of the pain surrounding the 49 Fire. Many died in the fire, others were injured and many have been taken to the Plac ...

Add cell phones for emergencies

Could the Auburn Journal and/or police or fire authorities print an article about where/ how to register cell phones in cases of emergencies like the fires of Sunday? Some people ...

Evacuation orders bogus

As a resident of North Auburn located about two miles south of the airport, my heart goes out to the hundreds of people whose lives were damaged by the catastrophic fire on Sunday. ...