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7/7/2013 4:26:00 PM
YCSO lifts Yarnell evacuation order
Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press 
A procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert near Yarnell on Sunday. They are on their way to Prescott, then on to the Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s office in Prescott Valley
Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press
A procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert near Yarnell on Sunday. They are on their way to Prescott, then on to the Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s office in Prescott Valley
The Daily Courier

Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher and Clay Templin of the Yarnell Hill Fire Incident Management Team announced at 4:07 p.m. Sunday that the evacuation order for Yarnell residents will be lifted at 9 a.m Monday.

The evacuation lifting applies only for the estimated 475 residents of Yarnell - not motorists passing through Yarnell on Highway 89 - who fled under orders June 30 as the fire raged.

The checkpoint for residents will be located ay the southern and northern boundaries. The checkpoint from the south outside of Congress will remain intact as the first contact evacuees will have before reaching Yarnell. Highway 89 through Yarnell is expected to reopen to non-residents at 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Access to residential areas west of Yarnell will remain restricted to residents. Officials will announce when these areas will be open to everyone.

For the re-entry on Monday, Yarnell evacuees will be asked to show proof of residency to gain entry. Officials advise them to bring a driver's license or comparable identification. If they lack identification, authorities will escort them to their homes to retrieve the necessary paperwork.

At the checkpoint, residents can expect to receive a post-fire evacuation package with suggestions on health and safety issues, including electrical and gas awareness, food spoilage, the effects of fire retardant (if applicable) and so forth.

They also will receive information about a community services center to help them with many issues and questions expected in coming days.

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 08, 2013
Article comment by: Robert Westall

I left my house in Glen Ilah with fire at my back. Besides leaving my Cat and two dogs I was in such a hurry not to be burned to death that I left my wallet and everything else at my home. Needless to say everything I owned including my pets are burned, as in to the ground nothing but ash. This issue has gone on long enough, I am going to my burned out home tomorrow to see if there is anything besides my street sign that is not destroyed. I certainly hope with all my heart that nobody tries to stop me. GODSPEED the 19.

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