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Jerry Budrick
08/07/2014 1:58 PM

Linda Sylva, Jackie Schuler

Jackson

The Sand Fire broke out on July 25 and is blamed on a vehicle igniting dry vegetation. David Roberts, owner of the Rancho Cicada retreat, saw the car across the river with flames coming out of the exhaust pipe as the driver continued to drive, setting more and more vegetation on fire. Forty-five new people had just arrived at the retreat and were unpacking their cars. David had to rush and gather everyone to drive out as fast as possible. They all got out. When they were all out, David realized his partner at the retreat was not there. At the retreat, his partner realized he was not going to get out before the fire. He ran into the orchard, turned on the water system and laid down flat on the ground. The fire leaped over him. He was fine. The heroic firefighters managed to save David’s house and the building with the commercial kitchen. The barn with all of his classic cars was burned, all cars destroyed. Cabins and tents were burned. The buildings of the retreat were not covered by insurance, nor were all the tools, tents and furniture that were lost.

Friends have set up a special account at Wells Fargo Bank to accept donations to help rebuild Rancho Cicada. Checks can be made payable to either Linda Sylva or Jackie Schuler. Please make a note on the check, “In trust for David Roberts, owner of Rancho Cicada.” Checks can be mailed to Jackie Schuler, 11930 Clinton Peak Ct., Jackson, CA, 95642, or to Linda Sylva, P.O. Box 2053, Grass Valley, CA, 95945. Checks or cash can also be deposited directly at Wells Fargo Bank. Just ask for the account of Jackie Schuler and Linda Sylva. Funds from this account will be given to David on a regular basis so he can start rebuilding as soon as possible. Please call Linda Sylva, at 408-348-6633, or Jackie Schuler, at 296-4623, for more information on donating.

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