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Help sought for residents displaced by Walker fire

A photo of the former Simpson residence down in Mono County.
Gofundme.com

As the impact of the 29,000-acre wildfire that raged through Walker on Tuesday is being assessed, friends and relatives of residents who lost their homes went online with fundraisers.

An Antelope Valley volunteer was fighting the Mountain View Fire as his family watched his own home burn down on Tuesday.

According to a Gofundme page established for Michael McCurry, his wife Tessa and children Trinity, Michael Jr., Alec and Mason witnessed the destruction of the home of 10 years.

Mountain Warfare Training Center Fire Department firefighter and medic Ben Paladino and his family also lost their home.

Don and Debbie Rupp lost everything they owned in the fire, according to their daughter. 

“They lost everything,” daughter Britney Rupp wrote. “My grandparents’ ashes, priceless photos, clothing, everything. All the while my parents had to watch their neighbors lose everything as well, praying that they made it out in time.”

Rupp said her parents are staying with her sister until they can figure out another place to live.

The Simpson family wasn’t home when the fire broke out, but they also didn’t have an opportunity to save any of their property, either.

Current information is available at monocounty.ca.gov.

Financial donations are being accepted by the Mammoth Lakes and Northern Mono chambers of commerce.

Visit mammothlakeschamber.org Checks may be mailed to NMCC, 106651 Highway 395, Coleville, CA 96107. Write Mountain View Fire Relief in the subject line.

The following is a list of fundraisers that Gofundme.com said it has verified for victims of the Mountain View Fire.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/FirefighterLosesHome

https://www.gofundme.com/f/rupp-rebuilding-fund

https://www.gofundme.com/f/mccurry-home-fire-recovery

https://www.gofundme.com/f/276hujx6dc

https://www.gofundme.com/f/hometown-hero-home-fund

https://www.gofundme.com/f/holzhauer-usmc-family-fire-fund

https://www.gofundme.com/f/ykzbc-wildfire-relief

https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-jwffrey-hinds

https://www.gofundme.com/f/vernon-family-fire-recovery-fund

https://www.gofundme.com/f/barraza-family-mountain-view-fire-total-loss

https://www.gofundme.com/f/anything-will-help-they-lost-everything

https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-bonnet039s-fire-relief-fund

https://www.gofundme.com/f/kolowich-and-reed-fire-relief