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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The El Segundo resident is executive director of the Downtown Rialto Business Improvement District Association. Her family visited the cabin built by her late husband and his father on Holcomb Creek as often as they could. She’d wanted to go up to the cabin last weekend, but wasn’t able to. “Now the whole street is gone,” Cano said. “We will rebuild. We did have insurance. But it’s all the memories that we have there.” Holding tight in Highland Bracing for Cabin burns on live tv Norma Cano watched helplessly as the Green Valley Lake cabin that had been in her family for the past 43 years burned down during a television news report. “I saw it on TV and said `that’s my cabin!”‘ she said. “It was on fire.” the worst Officials began calling for voluntary evacuations in the northeast area of Highland about 1 p.m. Tuesday as the Slide Fire began moving toward the city. “If and when mandatory evacuations kick in, we’ll facilitate that,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Detective Greg Haynes. “If it comes to that we’ll put our lights on and get on our PA (public address) system to let people know. Then we’ll go door to door to make sure everyone is accounted for.” Suheil Abdulnour owns a stunning, custom home at the end of Applewood Street in the northeast end of Highland – right against hills ripe with dry brush. “I’ve done so many improvements after I bought this home, I don’t want to see it go,” Abdulnour said. “This is my castle.” If mandatory evacuations are called, Abdulnour says he plans to send his wife and kids away, but he says he’ll stay behind. “I’m going to try my best to protect my property,” he said. “I’ll stay to the last minute if I have to.” Grass Valley Fire Two men defend homes Scott Garrett and Martin Daniel already knew what they would do when sheriff’s deputies woke up Sonoma Drive in Lake Arrowhead, telling residents to evacuate. And it wasn’t to flee before the Grass Valley Fire. Daniel, 46, sent his family to safety. Then he and Garrett donned paint masks and goggles. They stockpiled water, filling trash cans and buckets before the water was shut off and distributed them around the perimeter of their homes. What followed was a 21-hour battle to keep their homes safe against the encroaching flames – a battle they declared a victory. Their two homes and three others they defended are still standing, and they escaped without injury. They rationed the precious water, fighting flames with dirt and shovels, smothering hot spots on trees and dead timber with dirt when the water was gone. When water pressure returned, they pieced together garden hoses and doused burning timber. They fought until 3 a.m. Tuesday. “We were watching, and it would look as if it was coming back up again,” Garrett said. “There was a couple of times it was starting to climb up into the treetops, and we thought we were done with our battle.” Both men said they had their vehicles ready to go, if need be. “I had no idea how in the thick of things we would be,” Daniel said. “I saw big chunks of burning stuff falling on my roof. There was one moment when it looked like it was going to come right through the trees right at us and I started praying – reciting Psalm 23.” Miraculously, the fire stalled where it was. Another neighbor passed by and helped them, and finally the danger passed and the men could rest. “We don’t want to be encouraging other people to stay and having firefighters have to rescue them instead of dealing with the fires,” Garrett said. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!