Cabazon Residents Ignore Mandatory Evacuations
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CREATED Aug. 9, 2013
CABAZON - With the new evacuation orders in Cabazon due to the Silver Fire, some people were reluctant to leave their homes.
"I'm not going anywhere until it gets to the bottom of the hill, I'll wait until I have to leave," said Anthony Brenneisen, who has lived in Cabazon for more than 15 years.
He received a mandatory evacuation order at midnight Thursday, just as the Silver Fire burned on the mountain in front of his home. Instead of leaving, he watched the flames with a pair of binoculars, unafraid.
"It's burned three or four times before and we've never had a problem, so I'm not real worried about it," said Brenneisen.
He's not the only one who refused to evacuate. Dozens of residents near Elm Street chose to stay home, having seen fires like this in the past.
"I don't really worry about it. We have a good fire department, they take care of us," said another resident, Steve Williamson.
There are, however, a few people who chose to seek other shelter, and it's not because of the flames.
"This whole mountain was just black and my kids have asthma, so I had to get them out of the area. We are going to head into Banning where it's a little bit safer because the air quality out here and with the winds it's just unpredictable," shared another resident, Marilyn Sloan.
The weather conditions and the fire did not stop most of these Cabazon residents and their pets from evacuating, but they said they would be ready in case the fire got too close to their homes.
"Yeah, I'm ready. I can either put my horse in the trailer or ride her out to Arrowhead, either way," expressed Williamson.
"I would go to the other side of the wash, where I could still stay and keep an eye on my house," said Brenneisen.