Steve Surgeon surveys the ruins after he lost everything he owned except his home in a wildfire on the outskirts of Okanogan Aug. 23. He said he stayed as the fire raced over a ridge and barreled down toward his home, flames lapping just feet from his back porch. Surgeon estimates he lost more than $100,000 worth of property, including his shop, his motorcycle, several cars, a travel trailer and all of his tools.
Steve Surgeon surveys the ruins after he lost everything he owned except his home in a wildfire on the outskirts of Okanogan Aug. 23. He said he stayed as the fire raced over a ridge and barreled down toward his home, flames lapping just feet from his back porch. Surgeon estimates he lost more than $100,000 worth of property, including his shop, his motorcycle, several cars, a travel trailer and all of his tools. Brian Skoloff AP
Steve Surgeon surveys the ruins after he lost everything he owned except his home in a wildfire on the outskirts of Okanogan Aug. 23. He said he stayed as the fire raced over a ridge and barreled down toward his home, flames lapping just feet from his back porch. Surgeon estimates he lost more than $100,000 worth of property, including his shop, his motorcycle, several cars, a travel trailer and all of his tools. Brian Skoloff AP

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This fire year, it’s more than acres

August 27, 2015 9:49 AM

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