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Jun 15, 2011 3:29 AM

Monument fire destroys homes near Sierra Vista

TUCSON - A terrifying sight for homeowners in the line of the fire.

John Herrod is one of them. He watched as the flames came closer and closer to his Ash Canyon home.

"All of a sudden, I just look up and I got the feeling it's time to leave. Probably by the time we got to the bottom of the road the whole place just exploded," said Herrod.

His house was destroyed in the fire. He said, "I've lived in the canyon long enough to know that if the fire ever got up where it did, if something wasn't done in the canyon it would just engulf the whole area which it did."

Herrod and his wife are empty nesters, and their kids will no longer return for family gatherings and holidays.

"It's just a house, life goes on, but it will change things," Herrod said.

Fire officials advise anyone who may have to evacuate in the future to cut down the brush 30 to 50 feet from their home. They also have current statuses for homes threatened at the Red Cross Evacuation Shelter at Palomino School.

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