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Sigh of relief in the community of Bisbee

Posted at 4:57 PM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 21:17:46-04

A sigh of relief in the small community of Bisbee after a fire that destroyed six buildings is finally out.

The smoke and flames forced evacuations late yesterday. 

Evacuation orders have been lifted, and the streets are now open. 
 
The old, wooden homes in the community are close together.  Coupled with dry grass and steep hills, people consider themselves fortunate to be home tonight.  
 
Buildings, including an old church, smoldered while firefighters stood to watch Tuesday morning. 
 
On his morning walk, Anthony Garcia thanked some of the first responders who helped save his home.
 
"We appreciate their sacrifice their energy and hard work and effort," said Garcia.
 
Because of the landscape here, fire officials called for backup usually reserved for larger wildfires.
 
Garcia captured a photo of an air tanker diving low over his home.
 
"Those slurry bombers came in and hit immediately after that, and the fire subsided."
 
Just feet from Tomas Diaz's home, slurry drops landed about 100 yards from where the fire started.
 
He had to evacuate with no warning.
 
"The officer he says you guys gotta go, right now right now I said wait, he said no right now," said Diaz.
 
Hours later he and most of his neighbors are back home.
 
"Now is everything under control at this point?  Oh yeah. It's just mop up."
 
This small town is grateful to their neighbors who saved their homes and the picturesque canyons they love.