Sawmill Fire evacuees grateful to find homes untouched - Tucson News Now

Sawmill Fire evacuees grateful to find homes untouched

Thom's untouched property. Behind it, other side of Graeterville Road where he saw #Sawmill fire crews control burn to stop spread. (Source: Tucson News Now) Thom's untouched property. Behind it, other side of Graeterville Road where he saw #Sawmill fire crews control burn to stop spread. (Source: Tucson News Now)
SONOITA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Some pre-evacuation orders remain for a few communities near the Sawmill Fire in southern Arizona, according to an update from the incident management team coordinating the fire fight.

As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, families in Mescal, J-6, Rain Valley and Hunter Ranch were asked to be on standby with pre-evacuation orders.

Families previously forced from their homes earlier in the week have been allowed back to their property.

Thom Doran and his neighbors in the Greaterville community were some of the first to leave their homes behind this week. He and his son had their bags packed.

"We were ready to go," he said. "We didn't expect to have to go."

Doran said he watched dozens of firefighters work a controlled burn across the street from his house. The flames never crossed the street. Later that night, Doran said he woke up to flames burning high in the distance. 

They didn't wait to leave, despite being attached to the property for so many years. 

"You're thinking about outcomes and what would I do with my whole life centered around where I am now," Doran said. 

He thanks God every morning to wake up on his eight acres of land north of Sonoita. Doran is grateful to the firefighters who protected it and the neighbors who helped him on a night he had to wake up somewhere else. 

"Kudos to the people in Sonoita," he said. "They right away found us food, shelter and a place to stay for overnight."

The Sawmill Fire has burned an estimated 47,000 and crews haven't lost a single home to flames yet. Doran said "the make all the right decisions".

MOBILE USERS: Download our app on your Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Wildfire tragedyMore>>

  • Former Granite Mountain Hotshot plays best friend in movie about Yarnell Hill Fire

    Former Granite Mountain Hotshot plays best friend in movie about Yarnell Hill Fire

    Friday, October 20 2017 1:07 AM EDT2017-10-20 05:07:39 GMT
    Brandon Bunch might have been with the Granite Mountain Hotshots that fateful June day more than four years ago, but just two weeks earlier, he left the hotshots to tend to his pregnant wife and their family. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 and Black Label Media)Brandon Bunch might have been with the Granite Mountain Hotshots that fateful June day more than four years ago, but just two weeks earlier, he left the hotshots to tend to his pregnant wife and their family. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 and Black Label Media)

    Meet a former member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who, but for a twist of fate, might have died with his team in the devastating Yarnell Hill Fire. Now he's part of the movie that tells their story.

    Meet a former member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who, but for a twist of fate, might have died with his team in the devastating Yarnell Hill Fire. Now he's part of the movie that tells their story.

  • Cast, crew and firefighters attend screening of 'Only the Brave' at Tempe Marketplace

    Cast, crew and firefighters attend screening of 'Only the Brave' at Tempe Marketplace

    Tuesday, October 10 2017 8:49 AM EDT2017-10-10 12:49:57 GMT
    Wednesday, October 11 2017 5:25 AM EDT2017-10-11 09:25:24 GMT
    Fans came out to Harkins Tempe Marketplace from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to see some of the stars walk the red carpet like Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and James Badge Dale. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Fans came out to Harkins Tempe Marketplace from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to see some of the stars walk the red carpet like Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and James Badge Dale. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Cast and crew members, along with Arizona firefighters and first responders, will be in attendance at Tempe Marketplace for the red carpet screening of "Only the Brave", the Columbia Pictures movie based on the Granite Mountain Hotshots, on Tuesday night.

    Cast and crew members, along with Arizona firefighters and first responders, will be in attendance at Tempe Marketplace for the red carpet screening of "Only the Brave", the Columbia Pictures movie based on the Granite Mountain Hotshots, on Tuesday night.

  • 4TH ANNIVERSARY

    Arizona remembers deadly Yarnell Hill Fire as Goodwin Fire burns

    Arizona remembers deadly Yarnell Hill Fire as Goodwin Fire burns

    Thursday, June 29 2017 4:16 PM EDT2017-06-29 20:16:48 GMT
    Friday, June 30 2017 9:32 PM EDT2017-07-01 01:32:11 GMT
    19 Granite Mountain hotshots died June 30, 2013, trying to save Yarnell from an erratic wildfire. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)19 Granite Mountain hotshots died June 30, 2013, trying to save Yarnell from an erratic wildfire. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Even as hundreds of firefighters battle the massive Goodwin Fire south of Prescott, Arizonans' hearts and minds are looking back four years to those who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

    Even as hundreds of wildland firefighters battle the massive Goodwin Fire burning in Yavapai County south of Prescott, Arizonans' hearts and minds are looking back four years to the wildfire that killed 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots.

  • Arizona WildfiresWildfiresMore>>

  • Fall fire dangers

    Fall fire dangers

    Friday, October 13 2017 9:53 PM EDT2017-10-14 01:53:33 GMT

    For Rural/Metro firefighter Cliff Maloy, the fires raging in California are not a new sight for him. Maloy is a task force leader with the wildland division, who has witnessed first hand how fast these types of fires can move.  

    For Rural/Metro firefighter Cliff Maloy, the fires raging in California are not a new sight for him. Maloy is a task force leader with the wildland division, who has witnessed first hand how fast these types of fires can move.  

  • Northwest Fire District to help fight California wildfires

    Northwest Fire District to help fight California wildfires

    Thursday, October 12 2017 12:35 PM EDT2017-10-12 16:35:54 GMT
    (Source: Northwest Fire District/Twitter)(Source: Northwest Fire District/Twitter)

    Captain Brian Keeley of Northwest Fire District said Thursday Oct. 12 that NFD just got the call to help out in California. Details on when they are leaving, exactly where they are going, and how many firefighters will go will be released soon. MOBILE USERS: Download our Tucson News Now app for Apple and Android devices. Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

    Captain Brian Keeley of Northwest Fire District said Thursday Oct. 12 that NFD just got the call to help out in California. Details on when they are leaving, exactly where they are going, and how many firefighters will go will be released soon. MOBILE USERS: Download our Tucson News Now app for Apple and Android devices. Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • 150 AZ firefighters helping battle California wildfires

    150 AZ firefighters helping battle California wildfires

    Wednesday, October 11 2017 9:39 PM EDT2017-10-12 01:39:02 GMT
    Wednesday, October 11 2017 10:00 PM EDT2017-10-12 02:00:42 GMT
    Dozens of firefighters are heading to California to help battle the wildfires  there. (Source: Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management)Dozens of firefighters are heading to California to help battle the wildfires there. (Source: Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management)

    Wildfires have devastated northern California and Arizona firefighters are heading over there to help.

    Wildfires have devastated northern California and Arizona firefighters are heading over there to help.

Powered by Frankly