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Individuals work to find the cremated remains of Katie Bagby's father, when her mother's home burned in the Camp Fire. The service is free of charge. Photo submitted

Unique resource for grieving fire victims

Quincy resident Katie Bagby reached out to Plumas News to share a resource for people whose property burned and along with it, the ashes (cremated remains) of a loved one.

“When my Mom’s house burned in the Camp Fire, one of the first things she and my sister and I thought of after she was safe in Quincy, were my dad’s ashes,” she said. “It felt like we had lost him all over again.”


A new box handcrafted by Katie Bagby’s husband Ron hold the ashes found among the ruins of her mother’s home. Photo submitted

Her sister did some research, and found Lynne Engelbert and the Alta Heritage Foundation. “Lynne and her trained canines and team of volunteer professional archaeologists were able to recover my dad’s ashes, along with the identifying tag and cross that was on the wooden box that held them,” she said. “Lynne and the team were so kind to work with, and offer the service free of charge.”


Bagby said that while she approached that day with grief and some fear, it ended up being such a “sweet, healing day.”

Quincy resident Katie Bagby, standing left, wants locals to know that there is a service that can help them find the cremated remains of loved ones among their home’s ruins. Photo submitted
With the assistance of her dogs, Lynne Englebert finds the cremated remains of loved ones amid the burned out rubble of structures. Photo submitted

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