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Doce fire evacuees choose what to bring, settle in shelter


Where do people go when they have to evacuate their homes, and what do they bring?

A few dozen people drifted in and out of the American Red Cross shelter set up Tuesday in Yavapai Community College. People like Kristin Neis hustled her three boys and their pets out of the house.

She said while the boys are having fun, she's worried about whether they will have a home to go back to.

"The only thing I took was, I had some pictures that were on the wall that I don't have backed up on any computer," Neis said.

"In my situation, at my stage in life, I dump my medicine in first," said George Jaeger. He lives a few miles away from the fire and said he didn't wait for a call from the sheriff's office to evacuate.

"I saw the smoke, I felt the wind, and I said, 'I'm not going to wait until someone knocks at my door. That fire is moving,'" Jaeger said.

"I did get a call from the sheriff's department that said, 'We need you to evacuate,'" said Donna Gosselin, who lives within two and a half miles of the fire. She told us she is fearing the worst.

"You think of all the things you've accumulated over a long period of time and how important they are to you," Gosselin said.

"The first call we received was a heads up, we might need to do something about this fire," said Lupe Velasquez with the American Red Cross. "About 10 minutes we got, we definitely need you to help us and support us with this fire."

Velasquez said this shelter can hold about 100 people, and if they need to open up more shelters, they will.

"Everything's replaceable. They aren't, and we grabbed them," Neis said, pointing to her children.

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