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Jun 16, 2011 8:00 PM

More people get ready to leave as Monument fire approaches

Pre-evacuation orders for people throughout the canyons of the Huachuca Mountains. In Carr Canyon, Cochise County Sheriff deputies gave residents pre-evacuation orders Thursday morning.

Hank Brodkin has lived in his home since 1998 and started packing up his belongings, "We're leaving a lot of stuff here. I have books upstairs but those are things I can't possibly take."

Brodkin has a defensible space around his property but worries about his four acres of land, "We've actually been expecting this because it hasn't rained and it's so tinder dry."

Up the road, neighbor Susan Crockett lives in a concrete home and is packing everything from a respirator to vitamins even artwork. Outside their home, her husband Rocky secures the attic vents to prevent any embers from getting inside the home.

Crockett said, "I want to stay of course I want to stay in my house. It's traumatic but we're going to make that decision when we see flames coming over the hill."

Next door to the Crockett's home Ronnie Amador is driving a tractor creating a defensible space at his friends home, "It's good to know you have friends in these situations. Friends, family help you get through the tough times."

Further up the road, a woman named Patty has friends and family helping her pack up everything they can and as quickly as possible, "It's been a serious drought for a long time it's just kindling, I'm just asking the public to start praying for rain we need rain here."

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