Heber-Overgaard residents help each other during outage caused by 377 fire

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A good Samaritan coming back from Show Low was able to help out a couple who had run out of gas. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A good Samaritan coming back from Show Low was able to help out a couple who had run out of gas. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
"Help somebody else, k?" said the good Samaritan. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) "Help somebody else, k?" said the good Samaritan. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
At Al and Diane’s Red Onion Lounge in Heber, it is business as usual, thanks to their backup generator. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) At Al and Diane’s Red Onion Lounge in Heber, it is business as usual, thanks to their backup generator. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Power has been out for 97 percent of residents and businesses in Heber-Overgaard. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Power has been out for 97 percent of residents and businesses in Heber-Overgaard. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Windy weather remains a challenge for fire crews. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Windy weather remains a challenge for fire crews. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
HEBER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Flames spread out for more than 20 miles along Highway 377, threatening homes and damaging the main power line to Heber-Overgaard.

[RELATED: UPDATE: Human-caused Highway 377 Fire in Heber area grows to 4,900 acres]

But at Al and Diane’s Red Onion Lounge in Heber, it is business as usual, thanks to their backup generator.

“We stay good and busy but not this busy,” said owner Al Pulliam. “We’re getting a lot of business because we’re open.”

[Special Section: Arizona Wildfires]

Power has been out for 97 percent of residents and businesses in Heber-Overgaard. Pulliam said he’s been getting regular updates from those evacuated closer to the fire lines.

“Everybody’s resilient, we work with each other,” Pulliam said.

[SLIDESHOW: Highway 377 Fire sparks evacuations in northeast-central Arizona]

That’s exactly what we saw right in the parking lot of Red Onion Lounge - people helping each other. A couple from Mexico ran out of gas, and no station was open due to the outage. A good Samaritan coming back from Show Low was able to help them out.

“We’ll all make it, we’ll be OK,” Pulliam said.

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