Everything is burning out here. Almeda Fire Rogue Valley Dear Friends and Valued Customers, Everyone is okay, but I'm holding back tears (mostly) as I write this note about the Almeda Fire in the Rogue Valley. Mark & Laurie lost their house, personal belongings, motorcycles, everything except Mark's car. They are safe now staying with Laurie's son in White City. Wade & Caren can't get back into Ashland, but he believes the winds keep the fire moving away from his home. They currently are staying with Ted & Dianne in Grants Pass. Dave & Sharon's home is safe, but like all the Rogue Valley are at Level 1 evacuation. His in-laws, son, and their daughter & her husband are staying with them. Mason & Anne's home is also currently at Level 1 evacuation. He has multiple friends from the Ashland to Phoenix area who are staying at their house until things settled down. Connie & I are in our home which is at Level II. The Van is loaded with Dog & Cat containers along with food, water & valuables ready to leave if needed. The fire is still burning with the winds starting up again and there is no idea when the fires will be put out. We don’t know the exact details, but it appears like massive destruction from the South Ashland I5 exit all the way past us to South Medford is destroyed. Mason has been texting with our friends in the Sheriff's Department, and It sounds like the Hansen's BMW is a total loss. We were told D&S Harley, we presume Oregon Adventure KTM, and probably hundreds of homes & businesses along South Pacific Hwy are also burnt to the ground as well. We are all devastated, and thousands of lives have been affected. It will be a weeks before I can put together a plan, but there is always a future even if I'm not sure exactly what it will be. I'll keep you informed as best I can. Craig Hansen From our front yard yesterday. We’re on the north bank of the Columbia, just east of Portland: Shit. Craig and his crew are great people.