Yarnell Hill begins the slow process of rebuilding

YARNELL HILL, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - The small town of Yarnell has reopened to the public ... ten days after being ravaged by fire. Peeple's Valley … Such a beautiful place to be linked to a terrible tragedy.

People stop by to look into the hills where 19 firefighters died.

A pumper truck from Hellsgate keeps down the dust. As visitors look at pictures of the heroes. Just a short distance away is Yarnell where you can see what they tried to stop. A fast moving fire that ran over ridges and down through washes leaving behind devastation - home after home destroyed by the fire.

In many cases only the foundation is left. Stairs lead only to more ruins, what used to be family rooms and kitchens. Garages are now home to melted cars and trucks, even a bulldozer.

Neighbors help other neighbors with cold drinks. The Red Cross makes sure residents have what they need and utility crews are trying to get things working again. But there's only so much they can do.

Patricia Westall and her husband are planning to move to Prescott. But others like Mike Thomas got lucky. If you look just to the right of the flag you can see the slurry drop that saved his business. He was the first one to put up a tribute to the Yarnell 19. Others followed as they came home. Some of them fortunate to have their homes and businesses. … others not.

Either way, the people here will remember the 19 as angels who will live in their hearts forever.

  • Only metal survived the flames here ...

  • A gate that leads only to rubble ...

  • Charred rubble ...

  • Russ Reason has lived in Yarnell for 28 years. He has not decided whether he's going to rebuild.

  • What used to be a kitchen ...

  • Devastation ...

  • Devastation ...

  • This family was burned out, but still put up a flag -- at half-staff, of course ...

  • The fire came over the ridge with a vengeance ...

  • A dozer charred and sans tires that melted in the heat ...

  • Only the foundation remains ...

  • Burned down to the foundation ...

  • So many vehicles in the ruins ...

  • Burned ...

  • A once-beautiful structure tucked away in the trees did not survive ...

  • This is what used to be a mobile home ...

  • What's left of a garage -- and the car inside ...

  • Remnants ...

  • The fire whisked down a wash ...

  • Everything that could burn -- did ...

  • A once-cozy home -- gone ...

  • The public was allowed into the burned area of Yarnell Wednesday. They saw many cars burned ...

  • Once beautiful homes were reduced to ashes ...

  • Gutted ...

  • Stairs lead only to charred remains ...

  • Homes and cars burned in the Yarnell Fire …

  • Mike Thomas is thankful he still has his store in Yarnell. The fire came within a few hundred feet.

  • Yarnell remembers ...

  • Red Cross women passing out water to anyone who needs it, including reporters ...

  • Peeples Valley, Yavapai County

  • Peeples Valley, Yavapai County

  • And ironic name on the pumper truck being used to keep dust down at the memorial for the fallen in Peeples Valley ...

  • Yarnell residents returned to their homes Monday ...

  • The fire pretty much left the north side of Yarnell alone...

  • Yarnell residents remembering the 19 ...

  • This old house dating back to the beginning of the last century managed to survive the flames ...

  • Heroes and angels ...

  • Signs for the fallen are all over town, including this service station ...

  • The people Peeples Valley showing their sympathy for those who gave their lives ...

  • Welcome to Yarnell ...

  • The beginning of rebuilding ...

  • Utilities trying to get things going again ...

  • Red Cross in Yarnell ...

  • Taking Gatorade to neighbors..,

  • Peeples Valley, Yavapai County

  • Mike Thomas was the first to put up a memorial for the Yarnell 19.

  • You can see the slurry line on the ridge that saved Mike Thomas's store ...