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Wildfire Affects WAAY 31 Family Member

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WAAY 31 Sports Director Jesse Merrick explains how the California wildfires directly affected his family..

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Wildfire Affects WAAY 31 Family Member

human error for wednesday's mistake. take a look at these flames. it's hard to even find the words to describe what you're seeing on your screen. right now, about 100 thousand acres are burning in southern california. and santa ana winds are only fueling the flames and destroying homes. while the fires may be almost two thousand miles away.... they hit people everywhere... including here at waay 31. it's why we're bringing in sports director jesse merrick.his mother lost everything in the fire... but she's using this tragedy to help others.jesse, most importantly how's your mother doing? - atroughly 1-am on tuesday morning...the thomas fire started coming up over the hill on the back portion of our property...it's at that point that my mom said she woke up to hear our tenants in the apartment on our property preparing to evacuate... - she told me she looked up through the sky light and saw a deep...dark red glow...and knew she and her boyfriend chris had no other choice but to leave... - as they grabbed our dogs...and a suitcase full of clothes they managed to get a couple pictures...but as you can see...it's a total loss...not a single wall was left standing at our home.. - this picture you guys are looking at is another view of the property...the ranch itself was originally an avocado farm...and as you can see...every was charred and completely destroyed... -- from talking with my mom...that's basically what the entire property looks like... - this here is a picture from just before they evacuated...that glow over the ridge there is what my mom saw through our skylight...and our neighbors have told us that they saw the entire house go up in flames... - just for reference...this is a view of what our home looked like before the thomas fire...pretty incredible to see the before and after there...and that's what really hits home...but we will rebuild...and luckily everyone was ok... - here is a look at where we had tractors and other farm supplies stored...again...i t's all burned out...the fire literally took everything from us... - but in a weird twist of fate...the fire jumped completely over my mom's garden on one area of the property...and i know that's something that really had given her some solace... - but at the end of the day i also want to reiterate that we're not the only ones who are going through this...there are thousands of families just like mine all across southern california who lost their homes and their lively hood...so we've started a go fund me under my mom's non-profit totally local v-c...i've got the link on my facebook page...jesse merrick waay-31 so please if you feel compelled visit my page and donate or share to help anyone and everyone we can in my home town of ventura...




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