Idaho native killed in California wildfires
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) —
The devastating fires in Northern California are hitting close to home. An Idaho native is among those killed.
40-year-old Mike Grabow was a son, a big brother, and a friend to many.
"So many people were searching for Mike," said Lindsay Osier, Mike's half-sister. "Hundreds of people. They had a whole tribe looking for him."
Mike was missing for two days before local police notified family members that they had discovered his remains.
Authorities believe Mike was sleeping when the the Tubbs Fire ripped through his Santa Rosa neighborhood.
Mike was born in Idaho Falls. He moved to Boise as a child and called it home for more than 20 years before moving to California five years ago.
Mike's half-sister says he loved the outdoors and spent much of his time fishing during the summer and skiing or snowboarding during the winter.
She says he will be remembered as quick-thinking, strong, and compassionate.
"He was always so generous and wanted to help people," said Osier. "He had the biggest heart. That is what I am going to miss the most. He was my hero."