Linda Hoffman-whose son, Lance, and daughter-in-law, Carla, suffered severe burns during the Tea Fire last month-reported last week that the two continue to improve. The two recently were able to see each other for the first time since their ill-fated escape from their burning East Mountain Drive home. Both Lance and Carla are reportedly breathing without respirators and are scheduled to complete skin graft surgeries at UC Irvine Medical Center this week. (/hoffmans1218)


The federal- and state-run Disaster Recovery Center that had previously been aiding Tea Fire victims at the Louise Lowry Davis Center relocated on 12/13 to the County Administration Building at 105 East Anapamu Street and reopened as a Disaster Loan Outreach Center. It will now be focusing on fulfilling long-term needs of survivors, including supplying them low-interest disaster loans and providing general information and assistance. (/teafire1218)


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