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Evacuee who may have lost home awaits word on animals left behind

August 31, 2009 | 12:17 pm

Sallie Lynne heard from a neighbor that her home on Aliso Canyon Road near Acton had burned down.

She waited this morning at a roadblock just a few miles from her residence, anxious to find out what had happened to the animals she left behind: a blind cow, two calves, 20 sheep and 50 chickens. Lynne, who was sitting in her truck at Aliso Canyon Road and Avenue Y8, was hoping authorities would allow her past the barricades.

“We just want to go up there and see how bad it is, and check on our animals,” she said.

She was evacuated at 4 a.m. Sunday but was allowed briefly back into her home, where she showered and grabbed some clothes. A neighbor later called to say her home had burned down but that her animals were fine. Lynne was still concerned they might have been affected by the smoke.

“I hope they’re OK in the short term, but there could be long-term effects,” she said.

-- Jason Song in Acton