In the end, Ira and Carolyn Hodge drove out with some photos, their clothes, their horse and their dog, Harley.
Their home took seven years for them to build and contained everything they owned – vehicles, mementos from their parents, memories. All of it was reduced to fine ash when the fire swept down the high sides of the densely forested gorge that bottoms out at Canyon Creek in Grant County, Oregon, six hours’ drive east of Portland.
“It was a monster,” Ira says. “A beast.”