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She flew to Puerto Rico to aid relief efforts. Then she found out her home was in the path of a wildfire

She flew to Puerto Rico to aid relief efforts. Then she found out her home was in the path of a wildfire

Cyndi Evans was moved by images she saw on TV of people suffering in Puerto Rico and the mayor of San Juan asking for help.

An intensive care unit nurse at the Kaiser Permanente San Rafael hospital, Evans flew to the island Oct. 6 with a group of doctors and nurses. There, she was greeted by devastation. People who’d gone days without water. Downed power lines. Black mold spreading. Infections caused by a lack of sewage system.

A friend offered her their internet connection one day, and 64 text messages popped up on her phone.

One from her daughter: “Mom, I need you to come home.”

She was worried their house, just south of downtown Santa Rosa, would burn down in...

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