Gusty weekend winds Oct. 17 and 18 reportedly brought down some drought-parched trees in the forest, according to those who live nearby.
Firefighters say one tree fell onto Ludlow Avenue near Ardath Drive (blocking the roadway for a time). But Cambria Fire Department didn’t get any reports of injuries or power outages related to the falling trees.
It wasn’t particularly windy, however, at 3 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, when a heavy forked trunk of a heritage oak tree crashed into a carriage house and onto the roof of Katy Jenny’s Wilton Drive home.
Damage to the roof and a load-bearing wall of the carriage house was so significant, Cambria Fire officials condemned the structure, declaring it to be uninhabitable.
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Fire reports said the trunk that fell was about 30 inches in diameter. It was one of five separate trunks on the oak, Jenny said. She estimates the tree may be up to 100 years old.
Jenny described the frightening event on social media about 5 a.m. that morning, as she was “trying to calm down after part of my massive oak decided it was time to give up.”
She said later she had awakened “to the loudest crash … it sounded like a really severe car accident.” Jenny ran to check on her adult daughter, who had been sleeping in the front bedroom. The trunk’s impact on the roof was so strong, it broke a large pane of 1930s-era wavy glass below.