College professor Jeff McClenahan hiked up a winding road Saturday toward a terrible unknown, expecting the worst.

The ferocious Woolsey Fire had come through Friday after leaping the freeway. McClenahan had grabbed his wife’s computer and some documents and fled. That night, someone had posted a photo on social media of a nearby house consumed by the flames. He had stayed awake all night, thinking: “I’ll never wear that cowboy hat again. I’ll never wear that sweater again.” …

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