California wildfire survivors are showing up to help others evacuate Mosquito fire
Debi Whitaker, 67, said on Sept. 15, 2022, she slept with her dog Samantha, 4, on a cot in a parking lot at Sierra College in Rocklin, California, set up for Mosquito fire evacuees. - Renee C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee/TNS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Warren Thompson understands fear. He never finished his morning coffee on that windy fall day four years ago because a branch — on fire — blew over his head when he stepped outside, and he knew the wildfire was coming. He ran. Thompson, now 71, understands the waiting, the days when you have no toothbrush, no soap, no nothing, and you don’t know if everything you own has turned to ash. The hours when you don’t know if the people you love made it out alive. And because he understands all that, he was sorting a pile of donated jeans on a folding table in a parking lot about ...