CORDES LAKES, Ariz.
One thousand acres burned and nearly 200 residents in the Cordes Lake area were evacuated because of the Bug Creek Fire that burned yesterday.
Everyone is now back home safely and the fire is 100% contained, but crews are still on scene.
Curtis Howes stood on his front porch this morning surveying the damage from the Bug Creek Fire, just across the street less than 30 feet away is where the flames stopped.
"It was off at a distance. It didn't get here until probably 3-4 hours after I left here," said Howes.
Howes was one of nearly 150 residents evacuated Tuesday afternoon as the fire quickly grew from a couple dozen to a thousand acres.
"I'm 75-years-old and it's upsetting," said resident, Eddie Krystynak.
Krystynak waited for hours yesterday for the all clear. His home was saved but the rest of the land was charred.
"I got the wood that's smoldering there. I used to have fir wood down there. There that's what's smoldering now," said Krystynak.
Crews were on overhaul duty today, carefully walking, working the burned areas.
Mayer Fire Chief Eric Kriwer says wind could be a factor so every hot spot has to be checked. 75 of the 300 personnel called out remained.
"Any smoke they see they're going to go ahead and take care of those use water and hand tools," said Fire Chief Kriwer.
The Chief says the Bug Creek Fire is the largest his department has dealt with as in terms of how fast it moved and how many structures were threatened. He says they got a handle on things quickly because federal state and local agencies came together.
"When we first got here we had 60 to 80 acres of fire and we knew it was going to be a big fight and the resources we were able to assemble, the air resources. It was an excellent job by all the firefighters involved," said Fire Chief Kriwer.
"They did a good job fighting it," said Curtis.
As those firefighters drove by the home that was saved. Howes breathed a sigh of relief.
"I think there won't be another fire here for another ten years at least. It'll take that long to grow back," said Howes.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.