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Bug Creek Fire comes within feet of homes

Posted at 8:12 AM, Jun 29, 2016

People are slowly getting used to the new alien landscape around their homes. It's been torched by the Bug Creek Fire, but their homes are still standing.

For many, it was a close call.

"I said this is a true thing girl. You get things for your family, your little baby brother, I mean we got to be out of here in a heartbeat," said Ruth Ann Nelson who was forced to evacuate.

Nelson is still shaken up after the ordeal.

She was at home with her friend's 10-year-old daughter when the fire broke out.

They had only minutes to grab what they could and get out.

She says all they could do, was pray.

Air15 was over head when the fire came right up to Nelson's home.

Slurry drops have coated almost everything in a red film.

"The guys in the sky, with all the stuff that they did. I know helicopter drops, that was also divine," added Nelson.

Work also moves ahead on I-17

Nearly two miles of guardrail posts were torched by the fire.

Officials say they will have to be replaced.

"It's amazing the work fire crews did yesterday, to try to keep the fire off the roadway, you can see it's right here," said Tom Herrmann an ADOT spokesperson

Officials say it will take several days to get the work finished.

Fire fighters will remain on scene mopping up the Bug Creek fire for several days as well.