|Evacuated after Oregon fire, some residents return|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
Some of the hundreds of people forced to flee a wind-driven wildfire in Oregon’s Columbia Gorge east of Portland were allowed to return Thursday and were happy to find their houses intact, even where flames had come as close as 30 feet.
“It is a huge relief,” said Connie Thomasian, a real estate agent who moved to the little community of Rowena overlooking the Columbia River with her husband, Craig, for the world-class wind surfing. “We still have our house. It’s a relief that everybody in our neighborhood has their house.”
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