The Carlton Complex fire cut right through the heart of Pateros late Thursday night. Residents had just minutes to grab what they could and evacuate as flames came over the hill.
Lindsay Cohen and I made drove into Pateros early Friday morning, as did many of those who had to flee the night before. Much of the town was spared, but homes along the hillside, as well as a few downtown blocks had been destroyed.
It's difficult to describe all of what we saw out there, but the pictures help tell the story.