By Jamie Leary

(CBS4) – More than 100 firefighters were working to protect homes from a wildland fire in Deer Creek Canyon Thursday night and 285 homes were given notices to evacuate. Many evacuees were prepared — they had been through it before with the Hayman Fire — but for Judi Henry, the process of getting out was more stressful than ever before.

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The Deer Creek Canyon Park Fire was reported by neighbors around 4:45 Thursday afternoon. Wind quickly pushed the fire through dry fuels. Agencies from across the state quickly responded and worked to secure a perimeter around the fire, which was at 13.5 acres Thursday night. On Friday morning after daybreak the fire was 50% contained.

“Oh, it was crazy,” Judi said. “We got a phone call and they said ‘Get out immediately. Take pets you can carry, others leave.'”

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Judi was able to grab her small dog, Gabi, but had to leave her two big dogs behind. She frantically phoned her husband.

“I called him, I said ‘I’m leaving the canyon with Gabi but the big dogs are still there.'”

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Judi left her home, and her husband, John, was able to convince a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy to let him drive to get his dogs.

The Henry family has been through several evacuations but say this evacuation order came with a sense of urgency they have never felt before.

“The sense of urgency I think was good and I think they’re doing what they need to do to keep people safe,” said John.

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The Henrys don’t believe their home is at risk at the moment but say they are prepared for the worst.

“My opinion is, it’s a house as long as our family is out and our pets are out I’m fine,” said John.

Officials set up a shelter for evacuees and the American Red Cross said it would provide food to those who needed it.

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Jamie Leary


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