COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (KSAZ) - SkyFOX Drone is getting another look of areas affected by April's Tinder Fire, as it flew over the burnt landscape Thursday.
The fire happened in the Coconino National Forest, between Payson and Winslow. It was started by an abandoned illegal campfire, and it went on to burn 33 homes, along with 54 other structures.
Meanwhile, people living in the area affected
"It was so fast to evacuate, it wasn't even fair," said ___. "People were just running. It was awful."
Some returned to their homes on the fire line of the Tinder Fire to find nothing but rubble. Flames ripped through 16,000 acres, destroying whatever was in its path
"It's just awful," said Leslie Thompson. "People aren't gonna rebuild. They're just so hurt. Everything's gone."
SkyFOX Drone video showed charred trees that look like matchsticks and leveled houses dotted some of the neighborhoods.
"It's pretty sad for the guys that live up here that lost their houses," said ___.
Bob Wonderly, however, was lucky. His house was spared, but 33 other homes were not.
"I had to get some horses outta here, so I threw them in a trailer and left," said Wonderly.
The fire skipped some houses while wiping out others. Strong winds blew embers and ashes around. The fire came close for Wonderly, but only his bobcat machinery was destroyed at his home.
"You're just hoping that it doesn't take your house down," said Wnderly. "There's nothing you can do, it was boiling really bad."
"Too late," said ___. "Sucks to be us, 'cause it just hit us hard."