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Prescott Tragedy Hits Home For Former AZ Residents

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For Michele Barker, news of the deadly Prescott wildfire struck a chord.  

"It's just knowing that these people are losing everything, and now these heroes have lost their lives trying to save it, I broke down," Barker says. 

"It could be any one of their homes, my friends' homes, my old home, it could be any one at any time," she says. 

Barker lived in Safford, Arizona until recently, an area all too familiar with wildfires. 

"It happens a lot, it's common news down there but it's still tragic," she says. 

Barker says with the dry conditions, fires often broke out several times a year. 

"I don't think you can get used to it, it's always in the back of your mind," Barker says. 

A few even broke out close to her home. 

"It was terrifying because it was right behind my house, I was terrified it could come down the mountain, engulf the neighborhood, engulf the city," she says. 

Though the local hotshot teams are trained for this, Barker says wildfires are unpredictable, especially with the wind.  

"They're prepared, but sometimes it can just take off a little too quickly," she says. 

Though the tragedy has left the Prescott community in shock, Barker says she's confident they'll bounce back. 

"They come together very well, it is a big tragedy but the entire state comes together," Barker says, "People in our community were clearing the shelves of water, people in other communities were doing everything they can, taking people in who'd lost their houses or were evacuees." 

"Everybody comes together, it's a good community down there."