Up in smoke

Update at bottom of article

Tim Wadsworth was uninjured but his home was badly burned early Saturday morning (Dec. 13). Tim lives on Kay St at 17th just behind our home and the intensity of the flames and shouts from the first responders awoke us quickly. The crew fighting the fire knocked it down several times but it kept roaring back. With the dense fog hovering over Oroville all through the previous day and which still lingers, the sky was at times bright as dawn. It appeared to us the fire was finally whipped at about 3:15 am when the chain saws came out to clear debris and to reveal any remaining hotspots. We certainly hope Tim’s treasured possessions were unharmed and his losses were limited to replaceable items.

No Christmas Joy
No Christmas Joy

What looks like smoke in the background is actually the stubborn fog that has created a white-out condition for those caught in it. Our home is no more than 30′ down the hill from Tim’s home and we’re socked in. The third photo was taken just adjacent to Tim’s home and shows the eastern slopes looking toward Molson above the hard demarcation where fog meets blue sky.

Wadsworth Home
Wadsworth Home

To give some perspective this pre-fire photo shows the original roof of the now damaged home.

Fog In The Valley
Fog In The Valley

Tim’s home was built by Jack and Myrtle Harms in 1938. There is a bit of linkage between Jack and Myrtle and our home. Lon Gadberry, Nancy’s father, built our home on property he bought from Jack in 1950. Lon worked for Jack at the PUD as a lineman and was one of the many hardy workers that electrified the Okanogan Valley.

 

UPDATE:

25. Feb 2015

Tim’s home was methodically hauled away in dumpsters save for the foundation upon which his new home is rising. The new home will have quite a different look, and based on the “bones” image below it will be a very attractive split-level home. It already has one of the best views in Oroville.

Wadsworth Home, Version 2
Wadsworth Home, Version 2