Resources for residents of Yarnell, Peeples Valley

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

YARNELL, Ariz. -- While the shock of losing 19 firefighters has been at the front of all of our minds, there are still dozens of families who have lost everything they own in the Yarnell Hill Fire. Hundreds more have been forced to flee from their homes.

But there are resources being made available to those who have been hit hard in this catastrophe.

The United States Post Office office will be holding all mail for Yarnell evacuees at the post office in Wickenburg. The address is 2029 W. Wickenburg way.

In addition, residents evacuated from the Peeples Valley area, who usually receive mail delivery via the Kirkland Post Office, are being asked to pick up their mail at the Kirkland Post Office until further notice. That address is 8985 S. Iron Springs Road.

Customers are asked to present photo identification to obtain their mail.

Decisions on future changes to mail delivery will be made and updated after consulting with local emergency managers.

“We appreciate our customers’ patience during this difficult time,” says USPS spokeswoman Janice Middleton. “While our postal employees work to continue to connect the mail with area residents, our thoughts and prayers are with the many families whose loved ones were taken while protecting all of us.”

There are other resources available for victims and evacuees. The company CenturyLink is offering call forwarding free of charge for up to 30 days for those impacted by the fire.

This service enables customers to have phone calls to their homes and small businesses automatically forwarded to an alternative number of their choice. Customers can set up this service for up to 30 consecutive days at no charge by contacting 800-573-1311 for residential accounts, 800-954-1211 for small business accounts and 800-690-1611 for Spanish-speaking customers.

“CenturyLink is saddened by the loss of life of the 19 brave firefighters at the Yarnell Hill fire and is working hard to protect critical communications services for those who continue fighting these fires, as well as helping our customers stay connected in these difficult times,” said Guy Gunther, CenturyLink’s vice president and general manager for Greater Arizona. “Whether it is updating friends, family or customers, we are doing all we can to help our community with these services in this time of need."