California is on fire, and the neighboring states are not aware. Families are losing everything, from personal belongings to cash savings.
Homes are reduced to memories, and those who counted their blessings in family homes are now homeless. Wildfires are the cause of this devastation. My personal devastation comes from hearing how more than half my family has lost everything, how the death and missing toll keeps rising daily.
This devastation is horrific.
California is home, its natural beauty is extraordinary. This tragedy is a reminder that, as a resident in New Mexico, who is an employee and student at the University of New Mexico, this could also happen to our beautiful state. New Mexico is also the victim of wildfires whose untamed devastating power can destroy as many lives as it has in California. This letter is a reminder to always be aware of fire safety. This includes chopping down dead trees, maintaining electrical wiring and putting cigarettes out appropriately. I urge you to take the time to care and be aware. My family home is gone due to wind and a tree falling down on a power line.
Spread the news and help those who are reeling from their sudden and tragic losses. Care about your space.
Madalene Easterbrook, a concerned resident of California and New Mexico