Helena Modjeska
Modjeska Canyon is on the mend

My little creek-stone house in Modjeska Canyon is fine. Thanks for asking. I received scores of e-mails from worried readers after writing dispatches last week about returning from my East Coast wedding to find that our home stood in the path of the Santiago fire. I was lucky; eight of my neighbors weren't.Now life is moving in the direction of normal. The roads are open, the army of firefighters is leaving and most of our neighbors are back at home in our beautiful little forest canyon.For this normalcy, Modjeska residents have their own volunteer firefighters to thank, along with scores of firefighters from across the West. In all the media coverage, this is a story that I feel has...