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www.wmfd.com - The massive and fast-moving Rim fire in northern California continues to burn out of control, destroying more than 129,000 acres, and forcing many families from their homes, waiting to return. }}" />

   
 
 
Resident Wait To Return Home In Yosemite Fire

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  Original Published: 8/26/2013 The massive and fast-moving Rim fire in northern California continues to burn out of control. It's destroyed more than 129,000 acres, and forced many families from their homes. Kimberly Rankin has more on those evacuees. Every hour, the fire burns closer and closer. Every hour, families are reevaluating the situation. And, every hour, the American Red Cross gets fuller and fuller. "We have 162 residents at the shelter," says Red Cross worker Jordan Scott. "The hours went on and we ended up with a total of 184." Families know when Cal Fire changes the evacuation from voluntary to mandatory, thouse hours changed to minutes. "Fifteen minutes to be out of our house," evacuee Claudia Alecio says. "We only got our kids, animals and a little bit of pictures and paperwork that we really needed. It was hard." Delcree White was at work when the evacuation word came in. He rushed home to his nine kids and pregnant wife, now, he waits for updates of his home from inside the Red Cross shelter. "It's a lot right now," he says. "We just moved in three months ago, so we're just getting on our feet and getting stable." While White waits for word, the Alecio family gets good news. Their prayers are answered. Their home is safe. "I was so relieved and happy to know that," said Claudia Alecio. "They're working on restoring power this afternoon," says Luis Alecio. "Hopefully, they will give us the OK to go back." California Fire says they're in the process of looking over the Pine Mountain community. They say if it is deemed safe, those people will be able to return home no later than Monday afternoon.
   
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