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Aftermath: The Water Wheel Fire left this charred landscape near the campground, but firefighters saved the power lines. Beaver Valley and Whispering Pines had power restored soon after the fire passed.
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Dodged the bullet

Rain, winds firefighters trap 773-acre blaze as evacuees return home

Residents of Beaver Valley cheered at a Forest Service briefing in the high school gym last night when they learned that not only did their homes survive a fierce, wind-whipped fire on Sunday, but they could all go home as of 9 p.m. Monday night.

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