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Evacuated Bayview residents go back for essentials as Cape Horn Fire continues to burn

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BAYVIEW, Idaho -

Pamela Frome and her husband Kelly watched from the parking lot of the Bayview community center as the sun poked through the smoke on Wednesday morning. They'd been waiting in the parking lot for an hour, eager for a chance to go up Cape Horn and check on their property. They were quickly joined with many other eager families, all of whom had yet to see their homes since they were evacuated on Sunday. 

When the time came, they were joined by their neighbors and each of them only had 10 minutes to make sure their homes were okay and to grab any supplies they forgot when they evacuated. Pamela and Kelly immediately went into the bedroom and began packing up medicine and clothes. 

"Need to get my heart medicine," says Kelly. "I went to the hospital on Monday because I didn't have any." 

While Kelly packs up medicine, Pamela rips clothes off the hangers in her closet and stuffs them into a bag she brought. Their home, is a snapshot in history, Sunday breakfast still sits on the dinner table, beds remain unmade and canisters of fuel are left unattended. A clear sign of just how little time there was to pack up and leave. 

"We had my folks with us," says Kelly. "As soon as we saw the smoke we panicked, we knew we had to get out of there. My parents are 80 and I didn't want them to breath in that smoke for too long." 

The medicine and clothes are important items while they wait for firefighters to gain control of the situation, but for the Frome family, it was one special memento that made the trip worthwhile. A U.S. Open flag signed by a number of golfers, a treasured item of their son, Tyler. 

"Tyler is handicapped, in a wheel chair and he is a huge golf nut," says Kelly. 

"He hasn't had a lot of highlights in his life but this was important," says Pamela. "He saved up for two years to go to the U.S. Open." 

Knowing the house was okay was just fine, but knowing Tyler's flag was okay, was even better. 

"Thinking that it was lost was devastating," says Kelly. "But having it now is a big emotional release." 

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