VERNON, AZ - As plumes of smoke billow from the San Juan fire, Red Cabin Ranch owner Brad Barrett was rushing home. His property spans more than 500 acres, right near where the fire is burning strong.
"Well there's just a lot of smoke is what we're hearing right now and the fire hasn't hit," Barrett said.
If Barrett sounds like he knows what he's talking about, it's because this isn't his first run-in with a wildfire.
"We've gone through this before. We were hit by the Rodeo-Chediski Fire," he said.
He lost his home then and hopes the same doesn't happen now. A few hours later, we caught up with Barrett again. Fire officials had ordered mandatory evacuations for a couple areas near the fire.
"We've insisted to go into the property so we can pick up some of our valuables and so we have just a few minutes to go in and grab what's important to us and leave," he said.
He said he grabbed a few of his valuables and left. Now he's watching the fire from a distance and hoping for the best.
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