Holy Fire Precautionary Evacuations Successful
The massive Holy Fire erupted August 6th in Holy Jim Canyon, tearing through more than 22,000 acres of brush in the Cleveland National Forest which hadn’t burned in decades. Although the fire didn't pose a threat to Corona, the smoke and ash cloaked the area. Due to the increasing issues of air quality, it was decided that Dudley residents would be moved to the main campus as a precautionary measure. Ridge staff immediately went to work to plan the logistics of the move and notify family. When we needed help most, the community rallied around us. Food Runners graciously donated the use of its truck, Josh Spiegel tapped into his family network and secured a flatbed truck, David Waltemeyer lent his expertise from many years of experience in emergency response and volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were ready to help. On Friday, August 10th, the move was made and residents were safe and secure in Roger Residence.
Thankfully, by Monday the fire was no longer posing a threat and residents were able to go back to Dudley Home on Tuesday, July 14th. Lowes staff, Zachary Sanders and Ridge staff worked quickly to get the residents settled. While the experience was bit of a challenge, it was wonderful to see staff members and community pull together to keep our Ridgers happy and safe.