PEEPLES VALLEY, AZ - Residents of a community in northern Arizona were allowed to return home Thursday night after they’d been evacuated when the Yarnell Hill Fire grew last weekend.
ABC15 toured the fire camp below charred hills in Peeples Valley, where residents were let back in. It's like a pop-up city created in just a few hours to support all 600 firefighters.
There's a caterer there along with mobile showers. A supply center sits outside Model Creek School, which is acting as the Incident Command Post.
"These guys work hard. They have very odd hours because they have to get up and make breakfast and stay late and clean up dinner," said Jim Whittington with Southwest Area Fire Management Team.
The loss of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots is hard on some of these workers, like Ike Icide.
"That's 19 families," he said tearing up. "Aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces-- a whole community. It's just hard to talk about."
Residents of Yarnell have not yet been allowed back into their community.
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