without the use of phones, they had to make contingency plans. Ms. Campbell said she was nervously waiting for Saturday, when her husband, who had stayed behind in the town of Broulee to defend their home, was supposed to run to a nearby hilltop with a sliver of cellular reception, to let her know if he was safe .But with the possibility of fires blocking escape routes, she was trying to reach her husband on Friday to persuade him to leave. “It feels like it’s not real, ”she said. “I’ve gone to sleep every night and woken up every morning hoping that it was just a bad dream.”
Bernard Kreet, a caterer in Catalina, said he was hosting two families who had been evacuated from other towns, thinking that Catalina would probably avoid the worst. While his partner had left for the next town north, Mr. Kreet opted to stay behind.
“It’s so hard to get out of town, it’s chaos down here, ”he said.Catalina has run out of rice and fuel is low, he said. Power was out from Tuesday to Thursday.
when fire swept close to the area on Tuesday, he huddled with about 300 others at a Catalina golf club, waiting to hear if it would come their way.“The feeling in that room, of 300 people just frightened – it was heavy, ”he said. “There will be so many people with PTSD after this. So many people are just so anxious. ”