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Menahga Homeowners Return to Charred Remains

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Although there is some good news coming out of the Green Valley area, where the wildfire is now 25-percent contained, there are many who are wondering where to go from here.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman has been out there tonight with homeowners as they returned to the charred remains of their neighborhood.

"I'm glad I live in Menahga, it's a beautiful place," Brad Snyder said of his hometown.

Wind blew fiercely through the town of Menahga. Anxiety flamed inside this Shell station. Brad and Marlene Snyder, owners, fueled the fight.

"It was crazy, there were fire trucks from all over the place," Brad said of his busy night Tuesday night.

But loyal to the community, the Snyders were out here all night as trucks like these fueled up to fight the fires threatening their own home.

"They did the best they could for me and they did save my home, but what happened was the fire rekindled," Braid said.

This afternoon, Marlene learned her drive home would never look the same.

"When we first got there, we were just thankful we had our house. And when we realized it was in flames, we were thankful we have our family," Marlene said.

Their home was one of 12 destroyed.

Forty acres of land. Eight years of memories.

What was once a haven, now is unrecognizable.

As Marlene tried to measure what was lost, she couldn't put a price on what was most valuable.

"There's still the stillness, but the beauty is just stripped away," she said looking out on the acres of burned pines around her home.

As shock dies down for Marlene and Brad, a new fire is building inside-- burning with questions, fighting for answers.

"Where do we start? Where do we start with clean up? Where do we go with tearing down?" Marlene asked.

This community came here tonight to Menahga School to hear from the Red Cross about what their next step should be. But, it was hard to miss the overwhelming applause for law enforcement and fire fighters as each of them stood and the community thanked them for their hard work.

If you live in the area around the Green Valley Fire and have questions, they've opened a wildfire hotline at (218)564-1301

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