Resilience in Concow: Couple refuses to leave the Ridge

Thousands of people have been forced to leave the Ridge, but one couple is not so ready to remove their roots from the area.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 7:46 PM
Updated: Jul 11, 2019 9:54 PM

CONCOW, Calif. - Thousands of people have been forced to leave the Ridge, but one couple is not so ready to remove their roots from the area. 

Besides losing their home in the Camp Fire, Clara Barber and Rob Lowe have been confronted with multiple fires throughout the years. 

"The first fire we burnt down in was the Poe fire in 2001," said Barber. "[There's been] quite a few fires in between, even little ones and then the big one, of course, 2008...that one burnt many homes down in Concow."

Now, Barber and Lowe are in the process of rebuilding on the property that they lived on since 2014. 

The attachment that Barber has for Concow is almost physical, she says she appreciates not only the landscape but also the general freedoms she feels she has there. 

"It's the beauty absolutely. I mean I have a creek, a lake, and we still have trees. Other people weren't so fortunate, they lost their landscape. There's nothing there. So for us, we'll be here, and we have our apple trees and apple orchards. We still have life here," said Barber.

They were unable to salvage anything from their property, where four buildings were destroyed.

Agencies like the Hope Center have stepped in though to aid their recovery. 

She says her and Lowe's recovery is characterized by tenacity. 

During the winter became self-sufficient, even cutting down their own firewood for heat. 

They expect to move into their new home on the property by the end of this year. 

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