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Wildfire evacuees keeping close watch on fire status

Jennifer Kastner

Photo Courtesy: Carla Volz Diaz

Wildfire evacuees keeping close watch on fire status

CREATED Jul. 7, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- More than 500 evacuees are standing by, anxious to find out when they'll be able to return home.

Officials have allowed some residents back up the mountain with an escort, but only under special circumstances.

Action News spoke with one local resident, who started remodeling his house about a year ago. He sat with his binoculars, trying to watch the wind and fire patterns.

He's receiving updates from crews going up and down the mountain, and from the media.

"I know I have a lot to lose, as well as all these people. I know my life is just starting here, but some of my friends have been here for 30 to 40 to 50 years and they have lives up there," said Don Possom.

Action News also spoke to another evacuee who lives in a home in the Rainbow Subdivision.

Dr. Dan Sussman has been a resident on the mountain for more than 10 years and said there are some things in his home that simply cannot be replaced and those are the hardest to imagine losing, "Books from academic pursuits. Notebooks and text books. Stuff from my father, a couple of sculptures, some of his things from World War II, he was involved in that."

One of the emergency shelters for evacuees is set-up at Billbray Elementary School.

The American Red Cross said at least two-dozen people were in and out throughout the day on Saturday, trying to get help with hotel and food accommodations and updates on the fire.