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Yarnell families get help from communities


The Yarnell Hill wildfire has taken down 114 structures, and many of those were homes.

CBS 5 spoke to a family that had to evacuate on Sunday evening and fear they don't have a home that's still standing.

"A lot of people have been very giving, it's incredible," said Anthony Garza.

He and his wife Katie Wallen searched through piles of donations at a United Way drop-off center, looking for whatever they might need when they return to Yarnell.

"I really don't think it's going to hit most people until we get home and see for ourselves," said Wallen.

They're bracing themselves because they've heard the worse.

"Burnt down, our home burnt down," she said. 

The donation center space is set up behind the Big Lots near Irons Springs Road and Gail Gardner Way in Prescott.

Thousands of items have been dropped off since Friday. Clothes, appliances, toiletries, furniture and food are placed into piles.

"So many homes in Yarnell and businesses that were lost, it's a small community, it's not an affluent community," said Yvonne Bartlett with United Way-Yavapai County.

A large group of people with the Arizona Virtual Jeep Club came all the way up from Phoenix to donate.

Garza and Wallen said if there's any good that has come out of all this is the kindness they've received from strangers.

"We've had a perfect stranger open her three-bedroom home to us and our animals. We never even met her," said Garza.

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