For the fabulous firemen who saved Lake Oaks 4A and 4B,
Coming out of a small shop in Diamond Springs, I saw in the distance a large plume of smoke. Jumping in the car, I headed for the third entrance to Lake Oaks and the closer I got to the entrance I could see the fire had to be behind the fence in the 100 acres. Our house was the second in off of Patterson. I could not pinpoint the fire; I could only smell the smoke.
I pulled in the garage and ran for the house, snapping the leash on our little dog. I walked out the front door wondering what I should grab. A long line of cars came down the hill with all yelling at me to evacuate, that the flames were coming toward the houses.
I jumped in the car with my little dog, backed out and while making the left turn on Patterson, I looked over my shoulder and saw flames in the field about 2 ½ feet high and only a few feet from the fence. I thought my house was a goner. I could not contain the tears.
About 7 p.m., after a frustrating time dealing with traffic but finding many kind and caring people, a friend brought me back to the park. The back and front garage doors were open to a black moonscape going way back in the field. The house was there and not touched by the fire even though the fence was gone.
Thank you brave and knowledgeable firemen, we sing your praises with grateful hearts.