San Luis Obispo County

Pismo Beach RV park still home for many forced to evacuate

PISMO BEACH, Calif. - The Pismo Coast RV Village is serving as a temporary home for dozens of south coast residents displaced by the Thomas Fire. 

"I'm grateful, very grateful to be here and out of the smoke," said Santa Barbara resident Sylvia Dye.

Dye was forced to evacuate her home on Sycamore Canyon.

"The evacuation process was really interesting to try to figure out how to deal with the fear of your house going down," Dye said. "It took me a long time to get my house restored and I don't want to lose it."

Dye is one of the many new and temporary residents of the RV park. The park has offered free spots and much more to those displaced by the Thomas Fire. 

"It's tough not being at home, but its peaceful and you can hear the ocean at night" said Ojai resident Gina Dillon.

Dillon says many of her neighbors from Ojai are staying at the park as well.

"We've all been sharing food and clothing, everybody has been really really supportive it's been cool," Dillon said.

No one we spoke with could tell us when they expect to return home, some are simply hoping there is something to go back to.

"I have to realize that it's material, just like everything else," Dye said. "Except for friendships and people and memories."

Many displaced families are hoping they can get back to their homes in time for Christmas, but for now they are preparing to spend it on the beach. 

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