Responding to Arizona Fires

July 15, 2013 • United States

Samaritan’s Purse deployed Disaster Relief units to Yarnell to help homeowners recover valuables that survived the blaze.

On June 28 at 5:30 p.m., wildfires broke out between Yarnell and Peeples Valley in Yarnell, Ariz., killing 19 firefighters and devastating many homeowners as their houses were reduced to nothing but ash.

More than 8,377 acres were destroyed with at least 114 structures caught in the blaze.

Samaritan’s Purse responded by deploying a Disaster Relief Unit on July 12. Local volunteers, working from our base at Heights Church in Prescott, are assisting in debris removal and sifting through ashes for valuables and keepsakes for homeowners.

“We have established a wonderful relationship with the church, and they are going above and beyond any expectations to assist us in our relief efforts here,” said Tony McNeil, Samaritan’s Purse program manager. “We feel very blessed to be in this community and are looking forward to what the Lord will do in and through us in the days and weeks to come.”

Relief efforts closed Saturday, August 10 after completing 46 work orders with the help of 545 volunteers.

For more information on how to get involved with any of our current responses, visit our online volunteer network.

U.S. Disaster Relief Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of disaster relief volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, we often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help.

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