Yarnell Hill Fire: Yarnell evacuees anxious to go home

WICKENBURG, AZ - Exhausted is the word that describes how evacuees from the town of Yarnell are doing.

At a community meeting on Friday they expressed their frustration with wanting to go home, but that day may not come until next week.

"We just had a second's notice to leave," said Kay Zuehlke. "We left with just the clothes on our back."

Waiting has been the hardest part and it's been five days so far since Zuehlke and her husband were evacuated from their home.

"July 1 was our 46th wedding anniversary," she said. "We had to leave our home and come to the shelter."

The Zuehlkes are just two of the hundreds who packed into the gymnasium at Wickenburg High School.

Each person was asking the same question, "When can I go home."

Officials can't give an exact day for Yarnell residents. Firefighters say it's just too dangerous right now to let people in.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says flames destroyed 129 structures.

Officials assured residents they're doing everything they can.

Multiple agencies gave residents an outline of what's being done to get them back into their homes. Water and electricity is still shut off in most areas.

But officials promise the Yarnell community that they will be there every step of the way.

This promise to help is what's given the Zuehlkes the strength to push forward.

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