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LA PINE — Even before he was allowed to return to his La Pine home, Mike Harper knew the damage from the Darlene Fire would be bad. The 72-year-old Harper returned to his 10-acres southeast of La Pine on Saturday afternoon after the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office lifted evacuation notices prompted by the fire.

A structure is demolished by the Darlene Fire near La Pine on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

Mike Harper, 72, looks over his property that got destroyed by the Darlene Fire on Saturday near La Pine.

Burned out cars are left where the Darlene Fire burned near La Pine.

Taz Harp wears steel mesh goggles while fighting the Darlene Fire near La Pine on Friday, July 16, 2021.

Firefighters use their bare hands to feel for hot spots that are still burning beneath the ground Saturday at the Darlene Fire near La Pine.