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    Posted June 22, 2011 by
    APizm
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    Greer, Arizona
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wildfires blazing near you

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    Images from Greer-Homes Destroyed

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     APizm says "As a photographer, I'm here to document what's happening. Just because the flames are out doesn't mean the fire is done with. I really feel for the people of Greer and their loss."
    - Cortnee H, CNN iReport producer

    As the residents of Greer, Arizona started to return home after being away from their homes and community for almost two weeks it became apparent that although the firefighters had gone above and beyond the call of duty to try and protecting this small town in White Mountains, not all was saved.

    As I drove through the hardest hit area on the eastern side it was very quiet, the wind was blowing and a faint scent of smoke was still in the air. It became apparent that the smoke smell was not from the Wallow Fire itself but from the charred homes that it had destroyed. I saw nine in total. Some residents were returning back for the first time, while I saw another home destroyed that had a camper parked in front of it. The family seem to be searching through the rubble for anything that could be saved.

    What was amazing to me, as you can see in some of the photographs, is that the difference between homes that were completely destroyed and ones that were saved seemed only yards apart. It gives you a real sense of the unpredictability of the Wallow Fire and the type of monster that those brave fire fighters were up against.

    A few families had unfortunately lost their homes but the community of Greer is resilient and from what I heard from the residents will be back up and running in no time.

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