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Okanogan families return to destruction

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OKANOGAN, Wash. -

As fires continue to burn around Okanogan, some folks are getting a first look at what some of these fires did and didn't leave behind.

Early Friday morning, before sunrise, the first glimpse of the devastation left by fast moving wildfires that have terrorized the Methow Valley. With his own home threatened, John Nichols came to check on his friends the Flechers and couldn't believe what he found.

Amazingly, with all the destruction, the Fletchers family homes were spared. As day broke, Dan Fletcher got his first look at the land his family had owned for more than 50 years. Just hours before, fires ripped through the Fletcher Loop area, forcing fire crews to pull back.

But their efforts helped save the place Dan and his wife have called home since 1963.

Dan told KHQ this is the worst he's ever seen it in Okanogan, but it's not enough to get them to move. His family plans on rebuilding, saying they're not going anywhere.

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