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Updated Jul 24, 2013 - 7:41 am

Yarnell residents: We will rebuild, it's home

(Photo by Jim Cross/KTAR)

YARNELL, Ariz. -- More than 100 homes in Yarnell were destroyed almost one month ago and residents continue the painful process of cleaning up the damage.

Glen Ilah is a subdivision of Yarnell. It's where three out of four homes were lost.

Chuck Roberts lost his house and barn. He plans to rebuild, but he's not sure when. He has a place to stay until his new home is up.

"We still have the insurance people coming and taking a look," Roberts said. "I'm in no hurry and my neighbors need help far more than I do."

He said most of his neighbors plan to rebuild, but not all.

"The next day some people were heading for California and Oregon and said, 'We don't own insurance, my home is gone, I have nothing to come back to.'"

Just a few doors down from his home, a house was burned to its foundation. Only the chimney remains standing. The glass windows had melted from the heat of the wildfire.


For volunteer, fundraising and other ways to assist those affected by the Yarnell Hill Fire, go to yarnellfallenfirefighters.com.

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About the Author


Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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