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Fire Victims Keep Losses in Perspective

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LAKE COUNTY --

People who lost almost everything in the Rocky Fire are beginning to take stock of the damage.

While much of the burned area near Clearlake is still under mandatory evacuation orders, FOX40 met a brother and sister in a unique situation.  They evacuated and lost their neighboring homes along Rocky Creek Road, but are staying with neighbors who did not evacuate.

"I had two bags of some clothes, a little box with some documents, and that's about it," said Dineke Marotto.

Marotto and her brother, Bill Hilbrandie, are now living in a mobile home at the Sloan Ranch off Morgan Valley Road. Their four dogs are also safely lodged at the ranch.

"We're so thankful," Hilbrandie said of the hospitality extended to them by the Sloans. "It's unbelievable."

"We're glad we could help," said Lonne Sloan.  "They're very sweet people."

The Sloans lost a barn full of ranch equipment to the fire last week.  But their animals, their home and other buildings on their property were spared.  They helped firefighters save the structures using their own water truck.

All parties are keeping the losses in perspective.

"We're alive, the dogs are good and we've got to keep going," said Hilbrandie. "It's a lot to think about."