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One Okanogan resident thankful for what was saved

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"I have a house, I'll figure out the rest," Steve Lange says. "I have a house, I'll figure out the rest," Steve Lange says.
OKANOGAN, Wash. -

On his first dusty drive back home in days, Steve Lange didn't know what to expect.

"It was an inferno when I left," he said.

The Okanogan Fire Department said you have a half hour to get all you want out of here now," he explained, "because the fire is jumping five miles at a time, and it's two jumps from your house."

So Monday, joined by his Okanogan neighbors, he got to see his property - and there was a lot to look at.

Because there was so much damage, and so much burned land, it would've been easy for Steve to only see what was missing.

"It takes a lifetime to put this all together, you don't do it in a year," he said.

But lucky for Steve, he could see what was saved, even through some spotty tears.

"God and the firemen saved all of this for me," he said. "I have a house and a barn and I'll figure out the rest. I'm thankful."

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