Couple loses everything in Mountain Fire

The Mountain Fire sparked less than a week ago forever changing the lives of several families.

Posted: Aug 26, 2019 11:19 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2019 8:27 AM

JONES VALLEY, Calif - The Mountain Fire sparked less than a week ago forever changing the lives of several families.

"We knew the situation we were in and it was gone," Isaiah Maughs said.

Maughs and girlfriend Allison Ekwall lived in one of the seven homes that burned to the ground.
They said they were lucky to have grabbed what they could in the short time they had.

"We started grabbing everything as far as our dog and my mom's ashes and the clothes that we could,” Maughs said. “By the time that we could it was about five to ten minutes and there were 20 feet flames in each direction. "

However, not everything was saved.

"There were a few sentimental things we weren’t able to grab like our son’s going home outfit from the hospital that was also his (Maugh),” Ekwall said.

The couple was celebrating their son’s third birthday the same morning the fire broke. His birthday presents also went up in flames.

Maughs and Ekwall say they’re staying strong for their son, adding it has been much easier with the help of the community.

"We have a really great community and a great support system and so many people have tried to reach out to us. And we really really appreciate it," Ekwall said.

However, less than a week out the couple still has a long way to go to find a home, replace everyday essentials, and ultimately rebuild their lives.

"We are not negative people we have the best outlook and this too shall pass," Maughs said.

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Some snow and rain possible Sunday into Monday. A major winter storm will bring up to 7 feet of snow to the mountains and multiple inches of rain to the valley Tuesday through Friday and keep temperatures cold.
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