ELMORE COUNTY -- Homeowners in Falls Creek and Anderson Ranch are still shocked by the destruction from the Elk Complex Fire. Even homeowners who did not lose their cabins are upset and are still recovering.
KTVB's aerial video of the Elk Complex Fire was shocking, maybe most shocking to resident Wendi Combs.
At the end of the video I said, 'Oh my God! That's our cabin,' said Wendi Combs, who owns a cabin on Anderson Ranch bluff. My hands just started shaking, I just couldn't believe. There's all of Anderson Ranch bluff, completely black and this right in the middle, there's our little cabin. I just couldn't believe it. It was shock.
Combs' cabin on Anderson Ranch bluff was spared. She and her husband stayed at the cabin until the sheriff's department asked them to evacuate.
I just started crying. All Fall Creek was on fire. Thirty, 40-foot flames shooting out of the trees, and it was just devastating, she said.
Their cabin is safe but Combs is upset about the damage.
It's been very emotional. Every day is emotional. First I went through shock, then I went through depression, and now I'm trying to get to the hope part, said Combs. Because our neighbors, they saw our cabin first, they told us, 'had you not did the work on your property, your cabin wouldn't have been saved.' It came through there so fast and so furious.
It's still hard for her to look at the blackened earth around their cabin, but Combs said she is blessed and mother nature will repair the land.
Driving in it was like a wasteland, just very, very disheartening. Looking forward to the spring now, she said.
Combs and many other folks who have homes in the area are hosting a craft show and auction at the Pine Senior Center. Anyone is welcome, this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.