On December 4, 2017, Manager/Caretakers Buzz and Ginger Glasky evacuated with their Airsteam travel trailer to Oceano, CA, because the Thomas Fire had forced them to leave Meher Mount.
Buzz and Ginger continued to stay in Oceano during fire cleanup and recovery, often traveling three to four hours to and from Meher Mount. Before they left Oceano in late May, a number of followers of Meher Baba visited them and the Dunite museum with Gavin Arthur's house, where Meher Baba had spent the night in 1934.
On December 11, 2017, Buzz posted this story on Facebook about their stay in Oceano.
BY BUZZ GLASKY
So every cloud does indeed have a silver lining. We evacuated Meher Mount on Sulphur Mountain Road to downtown Ojai; evacuated Ojai to Santa Barbara; and evacuated Santa Barbara to Oceano, 90 miles north, to outrun the fire, smoke, and ash.
There is a little museum in Oceano that is only open two hours a week, and we made it for the last hour. Mark, the docent, gave us a great tour, but it didn't take him long to figure out we were here for Meher Baba. To that end, he gave us a tour of Gavin Arthur's, a Dunite, house where Baba spent the night in 1934. Going in the house is not part of the "normal" tour!
Mark has done so much work to restore the house to its original condition, new foundation, repainted the interior with original colors, and landscaping with plants the Dunite's used for tea and flowers.
An account of Meher Baba's visit to Oceano in 1934:
MORE INFORMATION ON MEHER BABA'S VISIT TO THE DUNITES
To read more information about Meher Baba's 1934 visit to the Dunites in Oceano, CA, see the story "Mystery of the Dunites," by Valerie McKean from Glow International, published in February 2005.
There's a short article, "The Dunites: Building a Utopia in the Oceano Dunes," by Sarah Linn, published on the KCET website on July 7, 2013. It mentions Meher Baba's visit and shows the cabin where Meher Baba stayed.