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Oakland Hills Fire Survivors Help North Bay Wildfire Victims

A fire scorched neighborhoods in the Oakland Hills two decades ago and survivors of that fire are using their knowledge of that experience to help the thousands of people who lost their homes in the North Bay.

“I’m here to tell you that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Sue Piper, a survivor of the Oakland Hills fire.

Piper has been lending her support at a local assistance center to help fire victims take the first steps toward recovery.

“It’s encouraging,” said wildfire victim, Jason Mitchell. “I mean they can bounce back so we can bounce back. Sonoma strong.”

At the center, victims can find helpful information from simple things like DMV visits to what they made at federal or local agencies. According to other fire victims, the process is quick and simple and only takes about 20 minutes.

Another assistance center is set to open Wednesday, October 17 at the Hanna Boys Center on 1700 Arnold Drive in Sonoma and will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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