Two weeks ago my wife and I were backpacking near Mt Adams in Washington state, and as we lay in our tent during our last night, we were awakened by a notably large thunderstorm. The next morning we began hiking back to the trailhead where we had parked our car, only to find the that thunderstorm had started a forest fire in the exact area to which we were heading!
To avoid the fire, we were evacuated off the mountain by taking another route out, but the fire cut-off access to the area we parked our car.
Our car, a 2007 Corolla S, sat at the trailhead with 10 other cars while the fire slowly burned closer and closer. Beginning several miles away, the fire eventually burned over the trailhead parking lot (and our car). Nevertheless, two weeks later the Forest Service was able to drive the cars down from the trailhead and back into the nearby town.
When we picked-up our car, they reported that there didn’t appear to be damaged, but that two of the cars had noticeable damage (melted parts along the body) and that one car was completely destroyed. When returned home, I surveyed for damage, but to my amateur eye, I didn’t notice anything on the outside of the car or anything burned/melted under the hood.
Here’s my question: did the fire damage my car? If so, how, where and what should I check for damage?
Any thoughts would be much appreciated!