By Miriam Raftery
Photos by Henri Migala
December 8, 2020 (Rancho San Diego) – GoFundMe has notified East County Magazine that a fundraising page has been set up to assist Doug and Michele Howarth, retired local educators whose home was destroyed in the Willow Fire on December 2.
The GoFundMe page for the Howarths states, “The Howarth’s lost everything in the Willow fires last night as they watched their home go up in flames. Doug barely got out in his PJs as his wife, Michele, watched on TV in Carlsbad while she was visiting her daughter Gwendolyn P.” The fundraising page was set up by Josie Kasyouhannon on behalf of Gwendolyn Pavlick.
”Please help this kind and generous couple who have resided in our community for decades. Michele Howarth was a first grade teacher at Vista Grande Elementary School and is now retired. Doug Howarth worked as a guidance counselor at Cuyamaca Community College,” the site states.”Please help donate to help rebuild their lives. Every donation helps.” To date, around $12,000 has been donated.
The Willows Fire scorched 30 acres amid strong winds, damaging several other homes as well as destroying the Howarths’ residence.
ECM photographer was on scene and took several videos and photos as firefighters from multiple agencies battled to stop the fire at the Howarths’ home and prevent spread to neighboring structures. Several of those photos and video are included in ECM’s article at https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/long-night-firefighters-battling-willow-fire.