Yarnell Wildfire evacuees wait for word when to return home
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CREATED Jul. 2, 2013
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - With the Yarnell Wildfire still raging and zero percent contained, hundreds of residents remain evacuated from there homes.
About 60 evacuees are staying at the Red Cross shelter at Yavapai Community College in Prescott. The Red Cross set up a second shelter at Wickenburg High School.
All day long Monday volunteers made donations to help with the relief efforts.
Richard Goldman, an evacuee from Peeple's Valley, said he had his emergency bag packed and was ready to go early Sunday. As of Monday, he said he thinks his home is still standing.
"Sure I'm worried about property loss, but I'm more concerned about my friends in Yarnell that I know have lost their homes," Goldman said.
Other evacuees like Keith Baldwin waited until the last minute as high winds pushed the fire close to their homes
"Where we live off to the west of us there are a lot of pines and I noticed they were going up (in flames) like Christmas trees," Baldwin said.
With the wildfire still burning, there is no timetable for when the evacuees will be allowed to go home.
Until then, the Red Cross plans to keep both shelters running.
Like the rest of the community in Prescott, the evacuees say their thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the 19 lives lost trying to protect theirs.