MEDFORD, Ore. -- A Medford man says he's thankful his family members living near Paradise, California escaped the fire.
Kristopher Sanchez said his cousin, Cynthia Anspach, her sister, daughters and fiance, lost everything when the fire swept through.
They lived up a mountain near Concow, California. Anspach and her family had just moved to her sister's house from Pennsylvania five days before the fire broke out.
Anspach said she had just gotten to her job in Sacramento when she learned the fire was getting close to her home.
She said her family managed to escape the flames and had to drive 15-20 minutes down a mountain with flames and heavy smoke around them.
Anspach said it hasn't been easy since losing everything, but her daughters are giving her the strength to move forward.
"They're the main ones helping me and my fiance keep it together and keep striving, every single day trying to figure anything out for some money so we can end up having a home eventually," Sanchez said.
She said she was home-schooling one of her daughters and the fire destroyed her home school supplies.
Sanchez said he is devastated for his family, but hopes people will come together to help out them out.
"I can only hope that my community in Oregon and their community down there in California can kind of merge together and get them some kind of relief," Sanchez said.
The family has a GoFundMe page set up.
You can click here to donate.
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