Rockford Mother Fears for Daughter in Path of Wildfire

A local mom finds out her daughter is in the path of a natural disaster. 23 news reporter Chris Norman has more on the wild fires spreading in California.

"Now you wonder why your mother worries, my only child in the fire."

Sandra Minnick has been in constant contact with her daughter Beth since wild fires broke out in southern California. Beth lives just outside Los Angeles, and works twelve miles from where flames are raging. Inexperienced with the web, Minnick was shocked with what she found in her inbox.

"She always sends me pictures, I looked at the pictures and I was really upset becasue its of the fire out there, she's right in the middle of the fires."

Beth took these pictures with her cell phone. They're very similar to what we're seeing on the national news. So far wild fires have burned through 34 sqaure miles. There's been no reports of death. But hundreds of homes are now destroyed. Many of them in this mobile home park which houses mostly the elderly.

"I know they're doing the best that they can but it's scary."

Winds are starting to die down giving firefighters a break. But still more families are being told to evacuate. Making Minnick and her daughter uncertain what the rest of the week will bring. In Rockford, Chris Norman, 23 News right now.

Concerns about air quality today prompted organizers to cancel a marathon in suburban Pasadena where 8,000 runners had planned to participate.


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