Debi Emery has no doubt that her late grandmother played a role in protecting a small herd of goats from the unforgiving flames of a fire raging out of control.
As the Atlas Peak Fire burned through Wine County earlier this week, the goats were trapped inside their pen. All around them were flames, devouring homes and killing livestock, but when the fire marched on, leaving ash and embers behind it, the pen and the goats remained unmarked.
The goats, owned by Napa Goat, a company that rents out domestic goats for weed and vegetation control, had been boarding on the property at the end of Shady Oaks Drive in Napa.
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The house had been vacant following the death of Emery’s grandmother, Jewell “Judy” Tucker, but when the woman was alive, Emery says, she loved watching the little goats frolic in her field.
“In fact,” Emery says, “one baby, born there just before she passed, was named ‘Jewell,’ after her. I’d like to think it was her hand reaching down from heaven and sheltering these animals and that little pen, which in past years had been their family garden.”
This goat has become a symbol for resiliency of Napa residents. Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group
Bay Area News Group photographer Jose Carlos Fajardo had come upon the amazing scene on Monday, while he and reporter Erin Baldassari were viewing the devastation to Wine Country. Fajardo photographed one of the goats, separated from the others, that sat in stunned silence amid the ruins of the once fine homes. Fajardo then wrangled the goat back into the pen with its sisters.
Emery, herself a Napa resident and evacuee, says she had been desperate trying to get onto the property and to return to her own undamaged home. She begged members of the media, …
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle