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Digging out after the fire

Saturday was the first day since the Black Forest Fire that the roads were open for anyone.

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Saturday was the first day for the roads to be open in the areas of the Black Forest Fire burn. At the home of the Mark and Lisa Ruth Church, friends and members of their church, Faith Presbyterian Church, came to help them dig through the rubble of their home on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Cara Maddy and Molly Ryan (left to right) show homeowner Mark Ruth a find while they were digging in the rubble.. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Saturday was the first day for the roads to be open in the areas of the Black Forest Fire burn. At the home of the Mark and Lisa Ruth Church, friends and members of their church, Faith Presbyterian Church, came to help them dig through the rubble of their home on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Molly Ryan and Cara Maddy (left to right) look for pennies that Mark Ruth had collected in a 5 gallon jar. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Mark and Lisa Ruth, friends and fellow members of Faith Presbyterian Church helped the couple to clean up their property. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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A trailer used by their church youth group to go on work trips was burned in the fire. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Jennifer Wilson and her daughters, Isabella and Sabrina Wilson (left to right) pick up nails in the driveway of Mark and Lisa Ruth in Black Forest on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The Wilsons attend the same church as the Ruths, Faith Presbyterian Church. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Mark and Lisa Ruth, friends and fellow members of the Faith Presbyterian Church helped the couple to clean up their property. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Saturday was the first day that everyone was allowed into the Black Forest Fire burn area. At the home of Mark & Lisa Ruth, they were aided in salvage operations by many friends and members of their church, Faith Presbyterian Church. The Wilson family picks up nails in the driveway at the Ruth home on Saturday, June 22, 2013. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Mark and Lisa Ruth, friends and fellow members of the Faith Presbyterian Church helped the couple to clean up their property. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Mark and Lisa Ruth, friends and fellow members of the Faith Presbyterian Church helped the couple to clean up their property. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Mark and Lisa Ruth, friends and fellow members of the Faith Presbyterian Church helped the couple to clean up their property. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Mark and Lisa Ruth, friends and fellow members of the Faith Presbyterian Church helped the couple to clean up their property. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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All that stands of Mark and Lisa Ruth's home is the staircase that lead up to the front door. Many friends and members of the Ruth's Church, Faith Presbyterian Church, came to help them dig through the rubble to find anything salvageable on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The Ruths lost their home in the Black Forest Fire and Saturday was the first day that the roads were opened to anyone. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Mark and Lisa Ruth, friends and fellow members of the Faith Presbyterian Church helped the couple to clean up their property. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Looking through the windows of what was his motorhome, Steve Dean and his son, Ransom Dean, were digging through the rubble of what was once their home on Ravine Dr. in Black Forest on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Steve Dean lost his wife in February and his home is uninsured. ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Steve Dean finds some of the china that belonged to his wife, whom he lost to illness in February. Dean lost his home in the Black Forest Fire and is one of the homeowners that is uninsured. For the first time since the fire occurred, the roads were opened to anyone on Saturday, June 22, 2013. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Steve Dean finds some of the china that belonged to his wife, whom he lost to illness in February. Dean lost his home in the Black Forest Fire and is one of the homeowners that is uninsured. For the first time since the fire occurred, the roads were opened to anyone on Saturday, June 22, 2013. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Ransom Dean used his trailer to haul his equipment for his flooring business. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Some of the equipment used by Ransom Dean with his flooring business, Precision Flooring. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Volunteers from The Samaritan's Purse help Marsea Wynne sift through to possibly find the pottery made by her father. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Phyliss Kumbera, with Samaritan's Purse, adds to some of the items that were sifted from the rubble of the home of Marsea Wynne, and her mother Lou Wynne on Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Black Forest. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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A charred piece of artwork found at the Wynne home. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Representatives from the Samaritan's Purse look over the home of Lorraine Johnson (left) to see what resources they need to help her look for salvageable items. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Lorraine Johnson gets a big hug from her neighbor, Rachel Holcombe, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The Johnsons lost their home in the Black Forest Fire. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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A burned minivan sits in the driveway of the home of Marc and Robin Herklotz on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The couple were both killed in the Black Forest Fire. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Firefighters from the Juniper Valley crew in Buena Vista work to clear trees across the street from Edith Wolford Elementary School on Saturday, June 22, 2013. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Black Forest resident Bill Bailey looks at the burned work area of his home. Interestingly, the saw horses weathered the fire. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Bill Bailey is a Black Forest resident whose home was a total loss. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Bill Bailey, a swallow returns to a birdhouse that he Bailey built on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Bailey lost his home in the Black Forest Fire. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Bill Bailey, a swallow returns to a birdhouse that he Bailey built on Saturday, June 22, 2013. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Saturday was the first day for the roads to be open in the areas of the Black Forest Fire burn. At the home of the Mark and Lisa Ruth Church, friends and members of their church, Faith Presbyterian Church, came to help them dig through the rubble of their home on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Cara Maddy and Molly Ryan (left to right) show homeowner Mark Ruth a find while they were digging in the rubble.. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Saturday was the first day for the roads to be open in the areas of the Black Forest Fire burn. At the home of the Mark and Lisa Ruth Church, friends and members of their church, Faith Presbyterian Church, came to help them dig through the rubble of their home on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Molly Ryan and Cara Maddy (left to right) look for pennies that Mark Ruth had collected in a 5 gallon jar. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Mark and Lisa Ruth, friends and fellow members of Faith Presbyterian Church helped the couple to clean up their property. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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A trailer used by their church youth group to go on work trips was burned in the fire. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Jennifer Wilson and her daughters, Isabella and Sabrina Wilson (left to right) pick up nails in the driveway of Mark and Lisa Ruth in Black Forest on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The Wilsons attend the same church as the Ruths, Faith Presbyterian Church. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Mark and Lisa Ruth, friends and fellow members of the Faith Presbyterian Church helped the couple to clean up their property. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Saturday was the first day that everyone was allowed into the Black Forest Fire burn area. At the home of Mark & Lisa Ruth, they were aided in salvage operations by many friends and members of their church, Faith Presbyterian Church. The Wilson family picks up nails in the driveway at the Ruth home on Saturday, June 22, 2013. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Mark and Lisa Ruth, friends and fellow members of the Faith Presbyterian Church helped the couple to clean up their property. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Mark and Lisa Ruth, friends and fellow members of the Faith Presbyterian Church helped the couple to clean up their property. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Mark and Lisa Ruth, friends and fellow members of the Faith Presbyterian Church helped the couple to clean up their property. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Mark and Lisa Ruth, friends and fellow members of the Faith Presbyterian Church helped the couple to clean up their property. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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All that stands of Mark and Lisa Ruth's home is the staircase that lead up to the front door. Many friends and members of the Ruth's Church, Faith Presbyterian Church, came to help them dig through the rubble to find anything salvageable on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The Ruths lost their home in the Black Forest Fire and Saturday was the first day that the roads were opened to anyone. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Mark and Lisa Ruth, friends and fellow members of the Faith Presbyterian Church helped the couple to clean up their property. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Looking through the windows of what was his motorhome, Steve Dean and his son, Ransom Dean, were digging through the rubble of what was once their home on Ravine Dr. in Black Forest on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Steve Dean lost his wife in February and his home is uninsured. ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Steve Dean finds some of the china that belonged to his wife, whom he lost to illness in February. Dean lost his home in the Black Forest Fire and is one of the homeowners that is uninsured. For the first time since the fire occurred, the roads were opened to anyone on Saturday, June 22, 2013. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Steve Dean finds some of the china that belonged to his wife, whom he lost to illness in February. Dean lost his home in the Black Forest Fire and is one of the homeowners that is uninsured. For the first time since the fire occurred, the roads were opened to anyone on Saturday, June 22, 2013. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Ransom Dean used his trailer to haul his equipment for his flooring business. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Some of the equipment used by Ransom Dean with his flooring business, Precision Flooring. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Volunteers from The Samaritan's Purse help Marsea Wynne sift through to possibly find the pottery made by her father. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Phyliss Kumbera, with Samaritan's Purse, adds to some of the items that were sifted from the rubble of the home of Marsea Wynne, and her mother Lou Wynne on Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Black Forest. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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A charred piece of artwork found at the Wynne home. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Representatives from the Samaritan's Purse look over the home of Lorraine Johnson (left) to see what resources they need to help her look for salvageable items. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Lorraine Johnson gets a big hug from her neighbor, Rachel Holcombe, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The Johnsons lost their home in the Black Forest Fire. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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A burned minivan sits in the driveway of the home of Marc and Robin Herklotz on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The couple were both killed in the Black Forest Fire. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Firefighters from the Juniper Valley crew in Buena Vista work to clear trees across the street from Edith Wolford Elementary School on Saturday, June 22, 2013. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Black Forest resident Bill Bailey looks at the burned work area of his home. Interestingly, the saw horses weathered the fire. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Bill Bailey is a Black Forest resident whose home was a total loss. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Bill Bailey, a swallow returns to a birdhouse that he Bailey built on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Bailey lost his home in the Black Forest Fire. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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At the home of Bill Bailey, a swallow returns to a birdhouse that he Bailey built on Saturday, June 22, 2013. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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