Fire officials host community meeting for residents near Sawmill - Tucson News Now

Fire officials host community meeting for residents near Sawmill Fire

Fire officials meet with J-6 and Mescal residents on Thursday night. (Source: KOLD News 13) Fire officials meet with J-6 and Mescal residents on Thursday night. (Source: KOLD News 13)
BENSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Residents of the J-6 and Mescal area packed the Community Bible Church in Benson on Thursday night, April 27, for a community meeting about the Sawmill Fire.

The J-6 area has been under a pre-evacuation notice since earlier this week.

Residents asked a lot of questions about the condition of the fire, how likely it is that they will have to evacuate and what would happen if an evacuation did take place.

They were also given time to speak one-on-one with fire officials and other emergency personnel during the meeting.

Fire officials said the Sawmill Fire is about 7 miles from J-6. Officials said they are confident that they will be able to hold the line so the fire doesn't spread closer to the area. However, they let residents know that they do have plans in place in case the fire spreads and there needs to be an evacuation.

Those living in the area said it's been stressful not knowing what will happen. Many have already made arrangements for their pets and livestock and prepared their homes.

Sharon Hartung has lived in J-6 for about three years. She said she's never been in a situation like this before.

Hartung said she immediately started preparing their home once they got the pre-evacuation notice.

"We were also instructed to unlock all the windows, unlock all doors and they said to take any flammable window curtains off the window. And we're supposed to move all of the flammable furniture into the center of the house," Hartung said.

She also made arrangements for her three dogs and three cats.

Hartung said she also gathered all important documents and other belongings and took pictures of things for insurance purposes.

"I went around the house and took pictures of everything," Hartung said.

There is another community meeting scheduled for Friday night, April 28, at the Benson school's multipurpose room at 7 p.m.

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