Some Tinder Fire evacuees are staying in the Valley, as they wait anxiously for updates

- Dozens of Tinder Fire evacuees are staying in the Valley, and waiting anxiously for updates about their mountain homes.

Lucy Dickens and her husband just bought and fixed up a beautiful cabin in the Mogollon Ranch subdivision. Dickens is an artist, and was able to grab some of her most sentimental pieces before she was evacuated.

She had spent the weekend in her cabin, but by Saturday night, Dickens began to fear the worst.

"The winds were screaming, screaming, howling so loud, whistling through the trees," said Dickens. "How can anyone fight a fire through this? And my dogs were just shaking out of their skin and crying and all that."

On Sunday She began to get alerts that nearby communities were being evacuated, so the professional artist packed up her dogs, and as many of her paintings as she could.

"Which is all these special captured memories," said Dickens. "It's not just an original painting, but captured memories of exploring up there."

Dickens says this one of her old dog in Blue Ridge is extremely important to her.

"She was our kids' childhood dog, and she lives 'till 17," said Dickens. This one really means a lot to me

As she finished loading her car, Dickens got the text alert that her neighborhood was suddenly under mandatory evacuation. Although she is safe at her home in Carefree, Dickens says at times, she's sick to her stomach at the thought of her cabin home and memories burning down.

"Literally just got a text a little bit ago. It's right on the edge of my subdivision," said Dickens. "I pray the winds shift and have a cabin to go back to."

At last check, Dickens said her cabin was less than a mile away from the front of the fire line.
She says she's praying her cabin is not burning.

Up Next:


  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories You May Be Interested In – includes Advertiser Stories