Picking Up The Pieces

<p>Anne McQuade</p>

Anne McQuade

Ash and blackened branches are all that remain on Snag Canyon Road.

It's been weeks since a fire ripped through the hills, and only a few days since it was fully contained.

Anne McQuade says she saw the fire start due to lightning in early August, and watched as it tore through her neighborhood.

"We saw the other houses exploding in the hills; propane tanks, big trees exploding," said McQuade.

The Snag Canyon Fire burned more than 12,500 acres, and destroyed almost two dozen structures, including ten homes.

The fire prompted dozens in the area to be evacuated, including McQuade and her husband.

By the time McQuade was able to return, she had already lost her car, and several of her sheds.

"My family photos, my father's citations from WWII, those are gone," said McQuade.

Just a few miles up the ridge, lies an empty foundation, a two-story cabin once stood there, before being consumed by the flames.

"We grew up here since I was a baby, it's really sad to see because just one fire can destroy it all," said resident Daniel Koens.

But McQuade says the real loss was not precious belongings or keepsakes, it was the trees, and wildlife who were caught amongst the flames.

"These are things, the trees are two or three hundred years old," said McQuade, "And they're just gone."