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Tubbs Fire: Fijians In Churches After Evacuation

Tubbs Fire: Fijians In  Churches After  Evacuation
Martha Lynn rests with her dog, Golly, at a Red Cross shelter after fleeing the Tubbs Fire. Photo: The Chronicle
October 13
10:50 2017

The majority of Fijians living in fire-affected Santa Rosa, California, United States have been evacuated and are now in churches.

Most are staying at the Montgomery Church.

This was confirmed by Mereani Earnest who is residing in Penngrove next to Petaluma, near Santa Rosa.

She said firefighters and Police officers were focused on evacuating people.

Some Fijian women had taken shelter at the Petaluma Community Centre.

Ms Earnest said strong winds were experienced yesterday afternoon and the fire had spread to other areas.

She said four Fijian families had lost their homes.

“I know three of them – Uate and Senikau, Alifereti Yaya and the Bentley family.”

Ms Earnest said her family had loaded their cars with essentials and were waiting for the order to move.

Meanwhile, Valise Lario from Santa Rosa said the fire had spread out to Petaluma.

He said no Fijian had died.

He said fire was spreading as it was very windy.

“There are about 550 fire trucks, 124 aircraft and 8000 fire-fighters trying to control the blaze right now.”

Fiji’s Ambassador to the United States Solo Mara said Fijians were safe and confirmed that his office had not received any news of a Fijian dying from the wild fire.

Mr Naibuka Vuli, who currently resides in Santa Rosa, has refuted a claim that a Fijian had died in the fire.

“I asked Fijians here in Santa Rosa and they said it was fake news,” he said.

He said Fijians in Santa Rosa had been sharing information about the fire and no one had shared any death news.

Edited by Rosi Doviverata

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