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Jun 17, 2011 3:46 AM

Monument Fire Evacuations

COCHISE COUNTY - The winds made fighting the Monument Fire difficult for firefighters Thursday. Fire officials anticipate on Friday they will need to evacuate everyone South of Ramsey Road.

For the third night in a row, people packed a town hall meeting, looking for answers. For some, they received news about their home they had been praying for.

"It's obviously a huge relief. You know the emotions are up and down because we first heard it jumped the road and went through Wildhorse so we had no idea what happened to our home," said Wild Horse resident Richard Dirks.

But with a new day, came new evacuations.

"My daughter was evacuated so she was bringing all of her stuff to our house. We no sooner got to my house, and then they said we had to be evacuated so we only had ten minutes notice to get out of there," said resident Diane Smith.

The feelings of uncertainty and not knowing are weighing heavy on some evacuees minds.

"If they tell you your house is okay one day, you don't know if it's going to be okay the next day because the fire is so erratic and doing the most weird things," said Stump Canyon resident Chelsea Cook.

"It's pretty horrifying actually because you are just so attached to the area," said Kelsey Banister.

Some residents growing restless, as they wait.

"I know there are other people from Stone Canyon who are very eager to see if they still have houses. Who can tell us that?"

But still appreciation for those out on the fire lines.

"We feel we owe them a debt of gratitude for what they are doing," said Dirks.

The Red Cross said they have received more than enough food and clothing donations and right now they need monetary donations to meet immediate needs. If you would like to donate, checks can be sent to the American Red Cross. They must have "Cochise County Fires" in the memo in order to make it to those affected by the Monument Fire.

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