George Powell, 74, lost his wife of 33 years; the Shepherd family lost their teenage son. They were among dozens of deaths in the state’s deadliest week of wildfires
Lynne Anderson Powell had a 15-minute head start on her husband, George, when the couple fled the wildfire tearing through the Mayacamas mountains in Sonoma County around 1am Monday. Powell, 72, grabbed her laptop and her border collie Jemma and drove off in a blue Prius while her husband searched for their other three dogs.
“I wasn’t going to leave without my dogs,” George Powell, 74, said by phone Friday. “By the time I got on the road, this huge wall of fire was coming. Between the fire and the smoke, you couldn’t see anything.”