"You see the smoke, you see the flames coming up over the mountain, you know what's going to happen," said Robert Amos, who lives in the Yarnell area.
Slurry covers cactus, trees and grass showing a clear line of how close the Tenderfoot Fire got to homes and businesses in Yarnell.
The fire has grown to 3,300 acres and is about 10 percent contained. Fire officials say it was human-caused.
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About 250 Yarnell residents and 30 residents of nearby Peeples Valley were forced to evacuate. But Friday, some residents started to return home.
For many, this fire came too close for comfort.
"They saved five houses behind my place, and if they hadn't, my place would have gone," said David Lucus.
"Not unexpected, you know, just the way it is, unfortunately. Winds were blowing and that's what happens," said Amos.
"I was here for the whole fire. An intense experience," said Rodger Guiles.
As the flames licked the mountain, people were ready to fight. "I brought out a hose and was ready, ready to water things down," said Guiles.
Everyone in town is grateful to the firefighters for keeping the fire out of Yarnell.
"If you look at the slurry, look at how good they were at protecting the homes," said Celia Guiles.
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