Knock on the Caparros’ aluminum door and they’re likely to invite you into their new Petaluma (Calif.) home. Just use the boot brush to kick off the mud and mind the short attached staircase on the way in.
According to The Press Democrat, the Caparros are among about 1,500 families from the Fountaingrove area — and more than 5,100 from the whole of Sonoma County — whose homes were destroyed in the October northern California wildfires. Like many of them, the married couple of 47 years had no immediate solution after losing their Turnberry Circle home of 26 years and nearly everything in it.
A few days in hotels told them they needed to come up with a different plan. In their 70s and believing they’d be wasting their time competing to find an apartment or condo in an already over-saturated rental market, the Caparros found a campground space at the Petaluma Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and bought an RV, while deciding on their next steps.
They weren’t alone choosing that option. Area campgrounds reported a rush on bookings in the immediate aftermath of the fires.
Evacuees primarily landed at the Petaluma KOA and Casini Ranch Family Campground in Duncans Mills, both of which offered reduced long-term rates to victims, while others were sent to River Bend Resort in Forestville.
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