One autumn in the 1930s, the Colegroves who lived at Mountain Ranch, near Brookings, Ore., took a camping and hunting vacation on the South Fork of Pistol River. They loaded their sedan with supplies and slowly headed toward the canyon with two riding horses in tow.
At the camp site, they set up under a shady tree. On the fourth morning, while their parents slept in, two siblings went exploring upriver, riding on horseback to the top of a nearby ridge. The beautiful day suddenly changed as a huge blot of smoke rose ahead of them.
Shocked and frightened, the