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Jun 14, 2014 1:25 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Oracle fire could have been worse

ORACLE - Many people in the town are relieved only one home was destroyed in what could have turned into a large wildfire.

The man who lost his home Thursday only wanted to be identified as Ron. He said he just moved to Oracle from Las Vegas about a year and a half ago. He said he left with his wife and 2 dogs when he saw 4-foot flames rushing toward his house.

"All this stuff can be replaced," Ron said. "There are some mementos, some photographs and some one-of-a-kind items that obviously will never be replaced."

Pat Bunker shot cell phone video from her home before firefighters even arrived.

"It was unbelievable to see something that close and that intense," she said. "We just came outside to sit outside for the evening. And we saw some smoke going on. And all of a sudden it erupted in flame."

Beverly McIntosh watched flames threaten her neighborhood 11 years ago as the Aspen Fire crept down from the Catalinas. She saw the smoke Thursday as she drove home.

"Oh shoot. We got a fire in Oracle. That's not good," McIntosh said. "Usually, by now, when I leave on vacation, my yard is green. It's not green."

Now she keeps her trees trimmed and her grass short.

Anybody interested in learning how to make their property more resistant to fire can call the Oracle Fire Department.

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