NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore.- The first day of school is unforgettable for most parents, but today was even more emotional for one family returning home. The Hugo Road Fire sent the Pickett family packing two nights ago.
Chelsea Pickett says, "It was absolutely devastating seeing everything that I've always known, and it was just horrifying."
The fire burned right up to their backyard. Fire crews were able to save their home. Now the couple says they want to pay it forward to their neighbor who lost his home, will thanking firefighters for saving theirs.
Ian Pickett says, "The wind was just so intense that I would just like to thank them all from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for saving my family’s house and we appreciate it."
Fire crews say excellent progress was made today on the Hugo Road Fire. Crews were able to hold control lines, and contain 60 percent of the fire. Mop up operations have extended 150 feet past the perimeter. Tonight, crews will work to extend that to 200 feet inside the fire lines.