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Jun 18, 2011 12:49 AM

Governor visits Sierra Vista evacuees

Tucson-Governor Brewer went to Sierra Vista Friday, and before meeting with evacuees, she got a chance to see the devastation first hand. "It's quite startling to see the acreage that's burned and the area still burning," she said.

The governor got a bird's eye view of the fire from the air, and was able to see the efforts by the fire fighters. She pointed out these were the worst conditions they could be fighting, but there was also a positive side, "there has been no loss of life with residents or firefighters, for that we are grateful," she said.

Also grateful, are the volunteers who are helping out in the shelters. Mayor Rick Mueller, who was with the governor, acknowledged that. He said he's optimistic, and credits the people of Sierra Vista for coming together.

Evacuees were glad the Governor visited Sierra Vista, and that she was able to see first hand what they're dealing with. Brenda Kramer is helping with evacuation centers. She says, "I think it's great. People need to know she's interested and saw the fire, and know how desperate people are and know how serious this has become."

Gwen Summers and her family, were evacuated, she says, "We were also pleased with the governor's visit. I think it's good, people higher up come and show they are supporting the people and willing to help us."

Governor Brewer also said she has the National Guard on stand-by in case they are needed.

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