July 27, 2012 in Outdoors

Camping family survives storm

The Herb Fields family of Cheney narrowly avoided injury at their campsite in the 10 Mile Campground when an epic thunder and wind storm hit Ferry County around 4 p.m. on July 20. “The trees were leveled,” Herb Fields said. “The winds came out of nowhere and lasted less than a minute.” Fields, his wife, Rena, and sons Herb Jr. and Benson, ran into the Sanpoil River until Benson, 15, was grazed by a falling tree. Then they took refuge in a concrete outhouse as trees tumbled like matchsticks around them, smashing their tent and two vehicles. See the power of the storm and the family’s luck in these photos. “My heart goes out to all who were in this storm,” Fields said.


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