In the aftermath of the Riverside Fire, Paul Clement's property has gone through a transformation. As Clement walked through his 19 acres in Estacada eight months after the 138,000-acre blaze ripped through the area, patches of green were visible through the dirt and charred trees.

"It's been a constant metamorphosis of change," Clement said. "First there was the fire, and then finding flames afterward. Two months later there was nothing but charred stuff on the ground. Then it was a 'shrapnel meadow,'" he said, referring to the burned branches and detritus on the ground, left over from both the fire and the work afterward to repair his property. "Now it's green with life. Green is a refreshing phase."