Exiting U.S. Highway 101 North to get to Coffey Park, the signs of devastation are obvious from the freeway. Row after row of scorched fields, trees and the occasional sign-post were destroyed in the fire locals say jumped the freeway and engulfed entire neighborhoods within seconds Sunday night.
The first sense that hits you when approaching Coffey Park is the smell —burned, almost charred earth, metal, grass, plastic, all blended together. It looks like something out of a movie set — “Apocalypse Now” or “War of the Worlds,”— except it’s not. All that's visible is pure destruction; the fire burned everything down. People’s homes, cars and belongings are now lost in the ashes forever.