Jul 1, 2014 11:08 PM by Matt Prichard

Fire evacuees move back home

The Red Rocks neighborhood in Penrose remembering last week, as the eight-mile-fire began creeping over the hill and sent them running in the opposite direction.

"I didn't know how fast it was moving, or whether they'd get the fire under control. I mean you just don't know, and what it is, is you're panicking," said Red Rocks resident, Barbara Knicely. 

"It was a rush rush, a little panic situation on my part. But you know you just did it, you just wrapped everything, made sure it was secure, got the things that meant most, packed it up and went," said Red Rocks resident, Margaret McGinn.

The small community houses 16 families with the majority opting for voluntary evacuations at the fire's peak. Now with firefighters making progress, things are calming down, but it's hard to forget just how close the fire came.

"You work so hard to get to this point to be in your dream house. But again when it comes down to it, if you're out safe that's what counts. The other stuff is just stuff," said McGinn.

"We had two car loads of photos from books and off of the wall in our car all weekend at the motel," said Knicely.

Both Knicely and McGinn say the progress of packing up was a great example for the future. But perhaps what they're most thankful for are the fire crews that have been working to get this blaze under control.

"I think it was 45% contained this afternoon, again they just did such a great job. Great job done," said McGinn.

We will continue to keep you updated on the status of the eight-mile-fire as crews work to get full control of the week-long blaze.

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