One resident, Vicki Duwe, told the President of awakening at 6 o'clock the morning of the fire and driving up the canyon to rescue her father. After gathering mementos at her father's house, she stopped to check in on two neighbors in their 90s, Doc and Mae Hamilton. Doc Hamilton, 96, was unwilling to leave and seemed unaware of the danger, she told Clinton. "So I asked him if he could square dance," caught his interest and "literally crossed my arms and do-si-doed Doc out into the car," she said.
Narrowly escaping the canyon ahead of the fires, Duwe drove her father and the Hamiltons to her house "and we sat in our living room and watched their house burn down" on television, she said.