Katie Fawkes and Harlan Brooks

The home of Katie Fawkes and Harlan Brooks was destroyed in last week’s Almeda fire.

Jackson County’s Almeda fire destroyed the home they were renting and with it, all of their belongings.

In the aftermath, Katie Fawkes, a 2008 Seaside High School graduate, and her partner of five years, Harlan Brooks, are safe and staying with friends, Harlan’s brother, Forrest, said last Saturday.

“They will need your help,” Forrest Brooks, who lives in Beaverton, said in an online plea.

“Their home was always a loving place for folks — often just mutual friends — to stay when traveling in southern Oregon.”

Fawkes moved to Seaside as an infant, she said via text Saturday.

She recalled surfing off Avenue U and sailing in the Columbia River.

After graduation, she moved to Ashland for college and has been there ever since.

Her father, Fred, a finish carpenter, and her mother, Barbara, a nurse, still live in Seaside.

Forrest Brooks described his brother and Fawkes as “two of the hardest-working and positive people I know. They had begun to build a life for themselves in southern Oregon and have put off purchasing their first home so that Harlan could purchase the restaurant where he has been the chef for several years.”

In his GoFundMe request, Forrest Brooks said “anything at all would be greatly appreciated in helping Harlan and Katie. ... Please send all of the love, prayers and positive energy that these two will need.”

Funds will be used to replace belongings and find housing, he said.

Contributions to the Katie Fawkes/Harlan Brooks fire fund can be made at gofundme.com/f/harlan-and-katie-fire-fund.

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