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Bonny Doon, California

Thank you Fire Fighters for saving our homes!
Please share your story of the fire with everyone in Bonny Doon. Email Craig@Bonny-Doon.Info.  Residents, firefighters, news people who were up here, and anyone else who has a story to relay.  Please email pictures and links that you want displayed.  Don't worry about picture size too much as I can re-size.

This Press-Banner article is updated daily.

This Interactive Google Map ties into pictures and news stories, and you can zoom in and out and display topo and satellite overlays.

This PDF Map takes a while to load, but it has incredible detail.

Anita Elfving, manager of the Bonny Doon Farm, provided this link to a KSBW video of Gary Meehan, owner of the Bonny Doon Lavender Farm, saving his home and business with his wife Diane, and coverage of neighbors Mary and David Jessen who lost one of their homes. There is the unavoidable mini-ad first, so bear with it. http://www.ksbw.com/video/16581705/index.html

Leah Lepak connected me to a YouTube video, and I found lots more out there. There may be some duplication and there may be others available. Thanks Leah.
Shot by locals: Smoke, Helicopters, Thank you
Shot by KSBW: Day 1, 25% contained, 75% contained, 90% contained, Pineridge fights, Some allowed back

Stories of the Bonny Doon Fire, June 11-14, 2008
Click on a person's name for their full story and larger pictures.
Rachel Goodman, Emerald Forest Lane
Well, it's been a harrowing, if not dramatic, couple of days here in (and out of) Bonny Doon. On Wednesday, my daughter, Micaela, and I were just about to go to the farmer's market when I looked up at Bonny Doon and saw what we have always dreaded seeing; a giant plume of black smoke reaching skyward. The network of internet and cell phones and radio quickly confirmed it was not only in Bonny Doon, but only a couple miles from the house.
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A Smith Grade Homeowner
My home and property are unscathed, thanks to excellent firefighting (their wonderfulness speaks for itself) and dumb luck (the wind shift, weather change, and topography). I am so sorry for those who lost property. It could so easily have been my husband and me -- or any of us.
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Fred and Gretchen Gibbs, Cathedral Park Drive
My husband, Fred Gibbs, is a retired SJFD engineer and now shoots sports photography so when the plumes of smoke were encircling our home, he told me to start packing all our photos and important things and he was going to go take a look to see where the fire was. I envisioned him to be gone a few minutes and return home to evacuate but that was not to be as he saw the drama unfold as he drove up Martin Road and pulled over into a field across from the Long's home. It is there he took several photos of the smoke, fire and aircraft flying above the homes. The photos I have attached below are just some of what he took and as you can see, it was terrifying for anyone close to these flames.
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Jeffrey and Shawn Lorette Hoover, Quail Drive
The Hoover's house on Quail Drive came within 600 feet of being consumed by the fire. Jeff and Shawn Lorette provided lots of pictures of Martin Road, the Firehouse, and the Ecological Reserve.
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Craig & Nancy Kille, Azalea Lane, Pineridge
On Wednesday, June 11, Nancy and I headed out about noon on what promised to be a wonderful road trip. And I was way behind on road trips.
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Ron & Anita Elfving, Azalea Lane, Pineridge and Lavender Farm
We got a whiff of the fire at the Bonny Doon Lavender Farm @ 2:50 and Diane Meehan confirmed what we suspected as the sky turned black and the sun orange: the fire was heading from Moonrocks and those home toward the Jessens and the Meehans property via the Ecological Reserve. One can only ponder what the damage would have been had there not been the clearing of the Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve in the past couple of years.
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Nancy Andreasen on Winter Creek
Since during his CDF years Andy fought many wildfires, he has taken particular care to keep our place fire safe. When the Martin fire broke out he had a pretty good sense of what was happening. We did not evacuate, although I did load the car so we could be ready to leave on a moment's notice.
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Tuesday, June 10
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Knitty Knotty Group
125 McGivern Way
If you are interested in any of the fiber arts from around the world - we are too.  We spin, dye, knit, crochet, sew and felt according to who shows up.  We have some extra materials but always welcome donations that will go to our charity projects.  If you have talent in other areas of the fiber arts, or just want to try something new, we would love to have you come.  Call Shirin at 427-3787.

Wednesday, June 18
2:00 pm: The Bonny Doon Gardeners
For information, call Georgia Randle at 426-0110.

Tuesday, June 24
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Knitty Knotty Group
125 McGivern Way
If you are interested in any of the fiber arts from around the world - we are too.  We spin, dye, knit, crochet, sew and felt according to who shows up.  We have some extra materials but always welcome donations that will go to our charity projects.  If you have talent in other areas of the fiber arts, or just want to try something new, we would love to have you come.  Call Shirin at 427-3787.

June 3, 2002 Ladies Club Meeting Thursday, June 26
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: The Ladies of Bonny Doon The June meeting will be at the home of Sonia Hubenette.  Ann Harding will share her round-the-world cruise.

The club meets the fourth Thursday of most months and is open to all ladies of Bonny Doon.  It is a social and philanthropic group founded in 1942.  For information call President Phyllis Green at 429- 8605 or Joyce Reif at 423-8910.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Bosch Baha'i Conference Center, 500 Comstock Lane, 423-3387

Please see the Battle Mountain News or call for the schedule of events.

Memories of the Mountain Memories of the Mountain
The Ladies of Bonny Doon

This wonderful book is still available.  A "must have" for new and old Dooner's alike.  The Ladies of Bonny Doon Club produced this book in 2004.  Many Bonny Dooners contributed stories, pictures, and editing skills.

Order your book online at authorhouse.com or call 800-839-8640.  $20.50 plus postage.