US wildfires: The desperate fight to save his family ends in tragedy

As flames raged around him, Chris Tofte drove into the heart of the Oregon wildfire in the US desperately searching for his wife, son and mother-in-law. Unable to see for the smoke, he almost ran over a badly burned woman stumbling in the road, her clothes and shoes melted off, her face and hair scorched. Stopping, he hurried the victim into his Jeep, saying she must come with him deeper into the blaze to find his son and wife Angie. “I am your wife,” the woman said through blackened lips. After 24 years of marriage, he hadn’t recognised her. READ MORE:Smoke chokes US West Coast as wildfire deaths keep climbingCouple fleeing raging US wildfires disappear during attempt to find shelterFierce winds stoke explosive wildfires in USWildfires ravage through Northern California, sparked by lightning Their 13-year-old son was later found dead, sheltering in a car near their home with the body of the family dog in his arms. The harrowing story of the Tofte family was reported by the Salem Statesman Journal. It has come to symbolise the anguish faced by victims of the record-breaking fires devastating vast areas of Oregon, California and Washington state. Chris and Angie Tofte lived half… Read full this story

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