Yarnell Hill Fire: Evacuation to be lifted for Peeples Valley - FOX Carolina 21

UPDATE

Yarnell Hill Fire: Evacuation to be lifted for Peeples Valley

Posted: Updated:
WICKENBURG, AZ (CBS5) -

Hundreds of people evacuated from the small town of Peeples Valley will be allowed to return to their homes Thursday night.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office made the announcement around noon on Thursday that they plan to lift the evacuation order for residents in Peeples Valley at 6:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Yarnell residents won't be going back to assess the damage at their homes until at least Saturday.

Some already know the fate of their homes but others are anxious to find out if their homes survived the fire.

Stacy Pizzirusso already knows she will have to rebuild.

"That fire turned and it turned with a vengeance," Pizzirusso said.

She grabbed some of her family's belongings and left town just minutes before the flames reached her home.

"It took out our neighborhood in about an hour as well as the 19 firefighters who were trying to help us," she said.

Others, like Dan Risk, evacuated before the flames reached Yarnell. He still doesn't know what remains on his street.

"To hope for something then to get there and find it's gone," he said, "that's like someone pulled the rug from under you and you hit face first on the floor."

Risk is hoping for the best but preparing for the worst; like many in a community that will not know what remains until the weekend.

"We're not in this alone," Pizzirusso said. "There's several families in the same boat as us and their homes are gone as well."

Even for those who know they will not have a home to return to, many are anxious to find what survived the blaze. The hard part, they say, is waiting until Saturday to be allowed to return.

Stay with cbs5az.com for updates on this developing story.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • UPDATEYarnell Hill Fire: Evacuation to be lifted for Peeples ValleyMore>>

  • Sidebar: Yarnell Hill Fire

    Wildfires

    Thursday, December 19 2013 8:02 PM EST2013-12-20 01:02:20 GMT
    SPECIAL SECTION SLIDESHOWS VIDEOS RESOURCESMore >
    SPECIAL SECTION SLIDESHOWS VIDEOS RESOURCESMore >
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two men killed in Spartanburg Co. crash

    Two men killed in Spartanburg Co. crash

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:33 AM EDT2014-04-21 10:33:49 GMT
    A Spartanburg man was killed after crashing his car on the road he lived along early Sunday morning, according to the Spartanburg County Coroner's office. Coroner Rusty Clevenger said the single vehicleMore >
    A Spartanburg man was killed after crashing his car on the road he lived along on early Sunday morning, according to the Spartanburg County Coroner's Office.More >
  • Moped driver dies from injuries after crashing into oncoming vehicle

    Moped driver dies from injuries after crashing into oncoming vehicle

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-04-21 01:03:52 GMT
    A Boiling Springs woman who drove her moped into oncoming traffic on Wade Hampton Boulevard earlier this month, passed away from her injuries Sunday, according to the Greenville County Coroner.More >
    A Boiling Springs woman who drove her moped into oncoming traffic on Wade Hampton Boulevard earlier this month passed away from her injuries on Sunday, according to the Greenville County coroner.More >
  • update

    11-year-old killed in Pendleton crash

    11-year-old killed in Pendleton crash

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:00:21 GMT
    Troopers with the SC Highway Patrol and the Anderson County Coroner's Office are investigating a deadly car crash in the Pendleton area. Troopers said the crash happened on Cherry Street Extension nearMore >
    Troopers with the SC Highway Patrol and the Anderson County Coroner's Office are investigating a deadly car crash in the Pendleton area.
    More >
Powered by WorldNow
Fox Carolina
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WHNS; Greenville, SC. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.