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Valley Oaks Mobile Home Park: One year later


Last updated 10/16/2008 at Noon

Valley Oaks Mobile Home Park manager Gary Majors (center), officer manager Cathie Majors (right) and assistant office manager Susan Koga stand in front of a soon-to-be-placed mobile home, partially funded by the Salvation Army, on Oct. 8.

When the Rice Canyon Fire swept through Fallbrook, one of the neighborhoods hardest hit was Valley Oaks Mobile Home Park.

Charred, twisted metal and piles of ash sadly represented 106 mobile homes destroyed in the firestorm. Photographs of the destruction will be imprinted on the minds of many community members forever.

Many people described the site as “what Hiroshima looked like after the bombing,” said Cathie Majors, office manager of Valley Oaks. “When you looked at the front of the park you only saw devastation, but as you drove further into the middle of the park it was hard t...

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