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Yarnell Home Tour to Highlight Homes, Fire
The tragedy resulting from the Yarnell Hill fire is still fresh in the minds of Arizona and the world, but the unincorporated community of Yarnell is rebuilding.
Those who would like to help that process and see how the community is rising from the ashes can do both at the Yarnell Community Home Tour, on Saturday, October 19.
Created as both a fundraiser and an invitation to tour the Yarnell and Peeples Valley communities, participants will meet at the Yarnell Community Center at 9 a.m. for coffee and pastries, and pick up maps to six homes that reflect some aspect of the fire—two in Yarnell, two in Glen Ilah and two in Peeples Valley, including the first new home to be rebuilt, currently under construction.
Vans will be available for transportation or participants may drive their own cars. Stops on the tour will remain open until 3 p.m.
In addition to the homes, maps will direct participants to the Yarnell Community Garden, an art show at the Blue Barn and to the Shrine of St. Joseph, a popular local landmark that lost its visitor center and many of its other buildings in the fire. Except for the wooden cross, which burned, the Stations of the Cross were largely untouched.
Visitors can also visit a temporary memorial that honors the 19 brave Granite Mountain Hotshots who gave their lives to save Yarnell, and are encouraged to visit local shops and restaurants and discover the beauty and friendliness of this unique mountain community.
About Yarnell Hill Recovery Group
Exiled from their homes and divided by the closure of Highway 89, a group of 20 Yarnell and Peeples Valley residents conferred in person and by phone about how to rebuild their fire-ravaged community.
Out of that conversation, the all-volunteer Yarnell Hill Recovery Group was formed with a steering committee made up of five key leaders representing organizations that have long provided services to residents: the Yarnell-Peeples Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Yarnell Community Center, the Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church, the Fire Department and Weaver Mountains - People Who Care.
Under the direction of the steering committee, a dozen volunteer sub-committees have been formed to provide resources for everything from emergency housing and financial assistance to clean up and rebuilding. The group's website, www.YarnellHillRecoveryGroup.org, provides a single place for residents to get news about recovery efforts and connect with services.
The group was recently recognized by Arizona and Yavapai County as the official recovery group for the Yarnell Hill Fire.
The Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church, acting as the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group's fiscal agent, has set up an account for the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group though the National Bank of Arizona, account #76 0000 2730, Routing #122105320. There is a Pay Pal button for donations at www.YarnellHillRecoveryGroup.org. Checks payable to Yarnell Hill Recovery Group can be sent to Yarnell Hill Recovery Group, P.O. Box 1086, Yarnell, 85362. Donations are tax-deductible.
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