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Donations pour in for Forest Service worker who lost home in Sheep fire

October 8, 2009 |  7:00 am
Donations have been pouring in for a U.S. Forest Service worker whose home burned down last week as the Sheep fire raged out of control near Wrightwood, officials say.

Bobby Wright, 63, and his daughter were left homeless after winds up to 60 mph pushed flames through Swarthout Canyon on Saturday. The blaze also killed about 20 dogs that Wright had rescued after they had been abandoned in the forest by their owners.

Wright, who works out of the Lytle Creek Ranger Station helping maintain area campsites, lost a home three years ago when a wildfire ravaged the same area, officials said. His plight was detailed Tuesday in a Times report.

Officials with the Lytle Creek Forest Volunteers Assn., which is collecting the donations, said that people have written checks, donated clothing and have even offered to provide temporary housing for Wright and his daughter, Rose, who is in her late 20s.

"The response was overwhelming," said Steve Boyd, president of the association. "The phone has been ringing off the hook."

Officials, meanwhile, said Wednesday evening that fire crews were continuing to make progress in taming the Sheep fire. The 7,128-acre blaze was 85% contained with full containment expected Saturday evening, the Forest Service said.

--Robert J. Lopez