‘There have been a lot of losses … there will be a recovery’

PHOTO PROVIDEDMarianne Purdy and the little car that could; saved her and all she could carry.

Cottage Grove, due to family connections, has become a place of refuge for fifth-generation Blue Riveran, Marianne Purdy.

She was relaxing on the sofa after a long day when her venetian blinds told her something wasn’t right. The normally white slats were a glowing pink. Curious, she stuck her head out the door and beheld trees “burning from top to bottom.” This is her story of miraculous escape and some of the history . . .