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Evacuation from Acton — home and all

Neighbors make it out of fire zone safely

Posted: August 30, 2009 10:31 p.m.
Updated: August 31, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Al Biondi of Acton, Doris Stevenson of Quartz Hill, Chelsea Riche of Acton, Erika Ryan of Acton and Janet Hawes of Acton set up a makeshift camp on a frontage road next to the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway Sunday after they were evacuated from Thousand Trails, an Acton RV park, due to the Station Fire. Ryan said the group, who except for Stevenso...

It was 3 a.m. Sunday when sheriff’s deputies came through the Thousand Trails RV park in Acton, knocking on doors and calling through bullhorns for residents to get out.

For the Hawes, Ryan and Biondi households, that meant taking their neighborhood with them.

The three families relocated their trailer homes to a frontage road next to the Highway 14 freeway, where they set up lawn chairs in the shade of one trailer Sunday afternoon and waited out the Station Fire.

“It took 45 minutes to an hour” to get packed up and have his home on the road, said Al Biondi, who lives at Thousand Trails full time.

The move was possible with the help of a friend who lives elsewhere in Acton.

In fact, friends helping friends made the exodus possible for all three of the families, said Erika Ryan, who also lives at the RV park full time.

“We take care of our neighbors,” she said. “It’s a family.”

What Janet Hawes called a “rude awakening” at 3 a.m. was no big surprise, though.

“Friday and Saturday it was solid orange — nothing but ash for two days,” she said.

Being able to take one’s home along when fleeing flames isn’t a complete picnic, the group agreed.

Parked on a freeway frontage road, they had neither water nor electricity.

“We’re all together — we made it out,” Ryan noted. “We’d like to take a shower, though.”


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