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'It could have been a lot worse'

May 11, 2007 |  6:37 am

Marni Green, the bar manager for the Catalina Country Club, was among the few residents out at dawn. She was tooling around the town of Avalon in a golf cart.

“I just want to see how bad the damage is,” she said, surveying columns of smoke rising off the hills just north of the community. “Well, it could have been a lot worse. I'd like to hug each and every firefighter because they saved this island.”

The fire was stopped at the edge of town on the west side.

--Louis Sahagun in Avalon