From Westmont to the Riviera, Fire Families Are Touched by Community

When Russell Smelley, a Westmont College kinesiology professor and the school’s cross country and track coach, saw the Tea Fire racing down the mountain toward his neighborhood of faculty housing Thursday, he and his wife, Allison, went straight for their daughter’s room. Alyssa had died of a brain tumor 2½ years before, at age 15, and her belongings in the bedroom were precious. more

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