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Idyllwild: Local reflects on emotional evacuation, thanks firefighters

A resident who has lived in Idyllwild for nearly 20 years, packed her stuff, as the Mountain Fire closed in on town.

Credit: Daniel Lane

Credit: Daniel Lane

Tricia Pilkington, 43, joined nearly 4,000 people who evacuated Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 17, not knowing if she’d ever return to her two-story ‘A’ Framed house on a back mountain road.

Pilkington had many thoughts run through her mind that day.

“What do I need to survive,” she said. “I could lose my town… Where would I go tomorrow, or next month?”

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