Fire leaves Anza sign unscathed

The Anza sign, painted and donated by Susan Eyer-Anderson in 2017, was spared the flames of the Bautista Fire Monday, June 21. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
The Bautista Fire erupted Monday, June 21, leaving 95 acres scorched. Amid the blackened brush and pink PHOS-CHEK trails, the Anza sign stands untouched. Part of a collection of hand-painted road signs originally created and donated by Susan Eyer-Anderson in 2017, the Anza sign has welcomed travelers for almost four years. Featuring a silhouette of a rearing horse against a sunrise background, the artwork never fails to attract attention. The Bautista Fire took acres of sage chaparral with a violent intensity, but it failed to devour the colorful landmark. “The sign was spared,” Eyer-Anderson said. “From what I was told, it burned right up to it and around it, and even under it, but somehow spared it. This brought tears to my eyes.” Longtime resident Eyer-Anderson and h
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