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Yarnell fire evacuees get answers about their homes

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For evacuees who fled the Yarnell fire, there were finally some answers on Wednesday. Many able to confirm whether they will have houses to return to.

Since these evacuees fled their homes, I've heard it time and time again, it's the not knowing whether their homes are standing that is making us crazy.

Perhaps the toughest line some of these people will ever stand in -- a sheriff's official has a list of homes destroyed in Yarnell -- you give the address to see if your house is on it -- heart wrenching.

"It was pounding out of my chest -- we're blessed."

The news was good for Ed Flavel, his wife and their little boy.  Their home is not on the list of 129 buildings that are confirmed destroyed in town.  The news is not good for Jolene Ickman who grew up in Yarnell.  Her home is on the destroyed list.

"Lots of tears.. I don't know what to do," she said.  "My house.. my mom's house is here.. it's gone."

She says they will rebuild.  The Red Cross will help evacuees as they move forward.  Just 13 evacuees stayed at the Red Cross shelter at Wickenburg High School Tuesday night.  On Wednesday, that number more than doubled when 15 more evacuees arrived -- this time of the four legged variety at a shelter set up by the Arizona Humane Society.

The Bacons reluctantly brought their dog, Rooster.

"We really didn't want to abandon him and leave him here with other dogs, but these people are great -- we couldn't ask for better care for him."

"People love their pets.  We are here to be pet sitters.  We don't have them worry about that.  I was just told thank you -- this is taken such a big weight off our shoulders, so we can focus on other things," says Bretta Nelson, Arizona Humane Society.

We've heard different timelines on when people might be allowed back in to the burned out area.  The logistics are a nightmare as you can imagine.

The clean-up, getting power restored -- it is a process.  They give you instruction on what to do and what not to do as you repopulate after a wildfire.

Memorial service for the fallen firefighters
Tuesday, July 9, 11 a.m.
Tim's Toyota Center
3201 N Main St
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

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