PATEROS, Wash.—As crews continued to battle the 81-percent contained Carlton Complex fire Saturday some residents of the wildfire scarred region were just beginning to rebuild from the ashes.
Fire danger and power outages forced the co-owner of Yancey’s Pateros Hardware to close his business in July. Virgil Yancey said he tried to save what he could the night of the fire, but it burned through thousands of feet of piping.
Crews worked to clean-up the dust and ash that the fire left inside the store. It was just one of many of in a Downtown Pateros business complex that were able to reopen two weeks later.
“It was amazing how much ash made it into the store since we were here,” Yancey said.
The owner of Sweet River Bakery dealt with a similar situation.
“There was ash everywhere,” said bakery owner Alex Hymer. “It was a mess.”
Hymer said he took a financial hit during the time it took to get his employees back and his business up and running again.
“This is our busiest time of the year so we have to get open and start making some mulah,” Hymer said.
Hymer’s customers were also beginning to recover.
“People are already talking about rebuilding their houses,” said Hymer. “People were sitting out here yesterday.”
The community organized a big festival for the upcoming weekend called ‘Party in Pateros’. Donations collected during the event will go toward Carlton Complex Fire Victims.