Yarnell Hill Fire: Residents return home Monday

YARNELL, AZ - Residents of Yarnell started returning to their homes Monday morning after a wildfire forced them to evacuate more than a week ago.

Sheriff Scott Mascher said the town's evacuation order was lifted 9 a.m. Monday for residents only.

There are checkpoints on both the north and south boundaries of the town on SR 89 and Yarnell residents will be required to show proof of residency to get into the area.

Residents without documentation will be escorted to their homes to retrieve the necessary paperwork.

Residents returning home are warned to be cautious as firefighters and equipment, along with utility crews, are still working in the area.

Greg Stell's parents lost their home in the fire. Stell and his family were living with them.

"We've got a neighbor that's given us a house to stay in for temporary assistance and everything we need they are helping us out with," Stell said.

The Red Cross will open a recovery center to provide resources to Yarnell residents returning home. The center was scheduled to open at 9 a.m. Monday at the Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church, located at 16455 W. Table Top Way. It will stay open until 5 p.m. each day.

Residents of nearby Peeples Valley were allowed to return home Thursday.

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