THE THREE PEOPLE WHO SURVIVED AFTER THEIR MOTORHOME CRASHED DEEP IN THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST
A late-summer road trip in an RV across California’s Northern Reach. That is all Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré, her mother Stephanie Swain, and Swain’s fiancé Shawn Flowers sought. Departing from Corning on August 8, their GPS suggested they avoid Highway 20 and instead use backroads through the Mendocino National Forest to reach Fort Bragg, their intended destination.
As their RV gained elevation, alongside their cat Velvet and their dog Max, DeMeré snapped a picture of the brutal, charred landscape ravaged by last year’s August Complex Fires. Little did the trio know, in the coming days, every ounce of their grit would be needed to survive their ordeal in the Mendocino National Forest.
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