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Yarnell Fire evacuee: 'Too dangerous' to rebuild

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YARNELL, Ariz. -

Hundreds of people fled their homes in Yarnell this weekend due to the incoming fire. Many did so with very little notice. We caught up with some of the evacuees who now don't have homes to go back to.

They headed to friends and families homes, hotels, or Red Cross shelters in Prescott and Wickenburg.

"The sparks were just flying, fire was burning over here and over there, it was pitch black. You couldn't see anything," says Jeri Bennett. She lost her home in the fire.

Monday is a tearful raw day for those who fled their homes in Yarnell as the flames approached Sunday afternoon.

"There was a sheriff or someone who was beeping his horn and saying 'get out, you got to get out, now put a white towel or flag so we know people are evacuated,' and I said, 'okay just let me--' he said 'just get out,'" says Michelle Jacobson, whose home also burned.

We talked to evacuees as they ate a meal at Wickenburg Elks lodge. The lodge offered food and other basics to evacuees from the Yarnell Hill Fire.

"You see these red embers and you see fire and you see flames and you get your binoculars out and you say, really is this happening in my back yard? No this can't be happening," says Rose Welsh.

Jacobson and Rose Welsh are staying with Welsh's daughter in Wickenburg with 9 other evacuees. They both believe their homes are gone, but they got out alive with their families.

"Seriously in life, you don't know which way the wind's going to blow and it was truly the wind and it blew fast and sudden. We get so emotional, not so much about our homes but about those firefighters, people were trying to save our sweet little town," says Jacobson.

Ed Flaville and his family are staying in a hotel, but using the Red Cross shelter at Wickenburg High for other things.

As far as the future, he says he won't rebuild.

"We had a big loss. We lost everything… I won't go back. I got my little boy to take care of and I don't want him in that kind of danger," says Flaville.

Not a person we talked to today could focus on the loss of their home, in light of the loss of 19 lives fighting the Yarnell fire.

An estimated 200 homes have burned. It is 0 percent contained.

Latest information on Yarnell Hill Fire: www.inciweb.org/incident/3461/

Yarnell Fire: Red Cross Shelter at Wickenburg High School
1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd.
Wickenburg, AZ 85390

Yarnell Fire: Red Cross Shelter at Yavapai College
1100 E. Sheldon St.
Prescott, AZ
(928) 717-8210

Yarnell Fire: Animal Disaster Services' Shelters
Small animals:
Adjacent to Red Cross shelter at Yavapai College
Large animals: Hidden Springs Ranch - 18701 Hwy 89, Peeples Valley

Fire Information Phone Number: 928-427-3347

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