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YARNELL, Ariz. -

Hundreds of people who were forced out of a small Arizona community because of a deadly wildfire are returning home.

Vehicles lined up along the highway into Yarnell well before the evacuation order was lifted Monday morning. Each had to present identification containing their addresses to gain access to the area.

"We can't wait, we can't wait we've been living in a hotel room," says resident Thomas McMann.

Once in town, residents saw a landscape drastically different than they remembered. Small shops that sell antiques, saddles and groceries are still intact. But more than 100 homes were destroyed, many reduced to ashes.

Yavapai County officials estimate that 30 percent of properties burned were uninsured.

"I am very concerned about those that are vulnerable. I'd like to see their services provided to them," said Kenny Foulk, Yavapai County.

"Today it's been almost matter of fact, they come in and I say, did you lose your house? 'Yes, and we're just trying to figure out what to do first,'" said Flo Henchen, Red Cross.

For those heading in from Wickenburg, a highway sign marking 19 miles to Yarnell is another reminder of what was lost. Nineteen firefighters died battling the blaze. A memorial service for them is planned Tuesday.

A recovery center for residents opened Monday in Yarnell.


To donate or if you need help:

Wickenburg Community Center
Open 8am - 4pm
160 N. Valentine St.
Food, clothing (all ages), water, toiletries, linens, bedding, pet/food supplies

The Place
864 W. Wickenburg Way
For a specific need, call 928-671-0727

Community Alliance Church

905 Falcon Dr, Wickenburg, AZ 85390
Clothing, toiletries (all ages), linens, bedding and more

Wickenburg Church of Christ
395 S. Mariposa
Water, clothing, cleaning supplies/tools, yard tools

Prescott:
Behind the Big Lots store - 1260 Gail Gardner Way, #109
For a ride from the shelter, call United Way: 928-899-7390 or The Green Monkey: 928-710-4044
Clothing, linens, bedding, pet food/supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies, furniture

Congress Depot
27200 S. Hwy. 89
Food, water, clothing (all ages), toiletries, linens, bedding, pet food/supplies, toys

American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter
www.redcross.org/donate
Or mail a check to 6135 N. Black Canyon Hwy., Phoenix, AZ 85015

United Way
www.unitedwayyavapai.org
Or mail a check made out to "Yarnell Fire Fund" to UWYC, 634 Schemmer Dr., Suite 302, Prescott, AZ 86305

Be sure to label donations to direct them to Yarnell.
Any volunteers wanting to help with clean up will be able to enter on Wednesday morning and will need to check in with the Red Cross, upon entering the town.


Profiles of the fallen firefighters

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519084/Joe-Thurston

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519081/Jesse-Steed

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519079/Anthony-Rose

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519078/John-Percin-Jr

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519075/Wade-Parker

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519073/Scott-Norris

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519070/Sean-Misner

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519067/Grant-McKee

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519055/Eric-Marsh

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519052/Christopher-Mackenzie

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519049/Dustin-DeFord

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519047/Travis-Carter

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519045/Robert-Caldwell

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519044/Andrew-Ashcraft

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519042/Garret-Zuppiger ­

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519038/Kevin-Woyjeck

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519034/Clayton-Whitted

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519031/William-Warneke

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152519028/Travis-Turbyfill

For more on wildfires in Arizona, go to myfoxphoenix.com/wildfires.

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