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WICKENBURG, Ariz. -

There was finally a little good news for people displaced by the Yarnell Hill fire.

Over a hundred people at Wickenburg High School hoped for good news Thursday.

Jeanne and Lester Pendergrass were hoping to get the green light to drive back to their home in Peeples Valley.

"As far as I know, there is only smoke damage to our house.  They stopped the fire.. there are three more houses standing out there that they worked to save," said Jeanne.

There's a long description of the very latest on the Yarnell Hill fire. And then: an announcement...if you live in Peeples Valley, you can get back into your home starting at 6:30 p.m.

When asked what she thought of that news that they are letting people back into Peeples Valley, Jeanne replied, "Yay! What else can I say?  Wonderful -- they have done a great job."

But the news wasn't great for folks who live in Yarnell. They cannot go home yet. And they're still waiting to learn the fate of their homes.

"Well I guess they are trying to do everything they can.  There are still some questions unanswered.  I don't even know if my property is still standing or not," said Godfrey Exner.

Favor Exner adds, "You cannot do anything.. you have to look at the half-full part of the glass.  The community has been supportive.. what can we do?"

With the Yarnell Hill Fire 45% contained, incident command is hopeful people who live in Yarnell can go home on Saturday.

The people in charge of fighting this fire ask folks to check in when they get home.  Call 928-777-7481 so firefighters are sure you made it back safe and sound.

For more on wildfires in Arizona, go to myfoxphoenix.com/wildfires.

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