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Cabin Owner Escapes Fire Danger

RIMROCK, Wash. - Janet Powell and her husband have lived on 401 Sentinal Creek Lane for the past 20 years.

"When we came out we could see the flames at the top of the trees and we could see the smoke and we saw the flames moving from tree to tree and you would hear this big pop and flames would just reach way high into the sky and it lit up the hill behind us, Powell said. 

Powell says she never expected to see a fire so close to her front yard.

A man from a power company working on nearby power lines knocked on her door and alerted her to the fire.

He told her to get ready for a possible evacuation.

My first question to him was, have the authorities, have the forest service been contacted and he said oh yes, so they're on their way, they'll be here shortly," said Powell.

Easterly winds pushed the fire away from the cabin and across the hillside, but that doesn't seem to comfort those living in the fires shadow.

"We want to be sure our house is secure and we haven't got that word yet," Powell said.

Cabin owners living on Sentinel Creek Lane are grand-fathered into an area owned by the Forest Service.

If their cabins burned down, at least one wall would need to remain standing for them to keep their property rights.