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Ventura County fire burns hours after thousands of Oaks bar shooting

The 70-year-old Oaks woman shouted on Thursday when she learned about the 12 people who danced on one of her…

The 70-year-old Oaks woman shouted on Thursday when she learned about the 12 people who danced on one of her old haunts, Borderline Bar and Grill, and was killed by Ian David Long, a 28-year-old Navy dressed in black. He later killed a shot that thought to be self-employed.

In the shadow of Wednesday night on a bar like Goodman’s sons visited, sometimes, Mother Nature’s encore came in the form of fire. The flames approached Goodman’s home on Thursday in the Westlake Hills neighborhood of a thousand Oaks. Powerful winds sent a branch crashing through the roof.

“I’m just wondering what’s next,” Goodman said Friday outside the evacuation center set up at the thousands center. “There is so much chaos in the world.”

The chaos directed Ventura County and Conejo Valley with an intensity that seemed unfair because it was. More: Fires across California have forced 157,000 people from their homes

More: Gunman Ian David Long published on Instagram During shooting, officials say

As people throughout the region fought to make sense of the brutal spray of bullets, 95,000 people were killed from their homes by Woolsey and Hill fires.

“It’s random. It’s not meaningless. A man snaps and he kills 13 people,” said Thousand Oaks Mayor Pro Tem Rob McCoy who spent a part of Thursday at a reunification center where families were waiting to find out if their dear dead at the border.

Woolsey Fire burns in Conejo Valley on Friday after moving in from the north. It started in the area with the old Rocketdyne plant near Simi Valley. When he prepared for a vigilant Thursday, McCoy taught his family to evacuate their homes because of Hill Fire. On Friday morning, he visited evacuation centers to meet others chasing from their homes.

“I could see it on the faces of the people, they were tired. The only thing I noticed with everyone was that they went together,” he said. “We have been visited by absolute misery in recent days. The summary is even stronger.”

Invited to help others emerge as a handling mechanism.

Taylor Young danced in the boundary on Wednesday when Long started shooting. The 23-year-old from Moorpark survived the bullets, but learned that three of her friends did not. They died.

She returned to the bar on Friday in sweaters, jeans and slippers hoping to pick up the car. It was a short break from the ceaseless activity to help people evacuate from the fires.

“I have not stopped,” she said. “I have not treated any of it. I’m just moving.”

Kristen Reichenbach woke up Friday morning at a Simi Valley evacuation center with a sweater, flannel pajamas and fur boots. Her thoughts fought to process the fires and shooting.

She had planned to go to Borderline on Thursday and play pool, but the shot one night earlier meant that she instead participated in the wake of the victims. They included Jake Dunham, 21-year-old son of one of Reichenbach’s employees.

After the wake, Reichenbach woke up at 3 o’clock at her Westlake Village villa, it smelled like a barbecue because of the fire. She fled with her 11 year old daughter and drove for two hours in search of a hotel room. They ended at a Red Cross place.

“I just want the bad thing to stop so we can start moving on,” she said Friday before a trip to buy water and snacks only if another tragedy strikes, maybe an earthquake.

“It feels like we get stuck with many things,” she said.

The 12 borderline losses included two members of a young adult group at the Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village.

“We were beaten quite hard,” said Shawn Thornton, senior pastor of Calvary, describing how the staff gathered and cried together for an hour, cried more in vigilance and a young adult service that took 500 people.

As Thornton declared sadness and fatigue that made his body weak and his legs shook he noticed that he drove away from the home in Simi Valley’s Wood Ranch. Flames from Woolsey Fire who exploded in a ball triggered his evacuation.

“I’ve slept in three hours in two days,” he said, explaining his plan to take a shower, have a meal and then start looking at another church’s employees and congregants.

How about the one-suction punch, Thornton said. You ask other people how they do it. You will find ways to help.

“Can not be caught in isolation,” he said. “Talk to a friend, talk to a neighbor, scream to heaven, whatever you need to do …. This feeling is very correct but it will not always be here.”


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