After the North Bay fires destroyed more than 5,000 homes and
killed dozens of people, William Ortlinghaus, who teaches
physical education at Kenilworth Junior High and his wife Jen, a
teacher at Valley Vista Elementary, were happy to go back to work
after school had been cancelled for a week.
“It was the only normal thing we had left,” Jen said, “And my
fourth graders were curious to see if we were still alive and our
dogs were OK.”