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4 months later: Yarnell residents work to recover, rebuild

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YARNELL, Ariz. -

It's hard to believe it's been four months since a devastating wildfire ripped through Yarnell. The community is still working to clean up and rebuild.

4 months later signs saying "Do not enter - unsafe to occupy" are still up on properties as folks work to clean up after the Yarnell Fire. Some people are sifting through what's left, while others are rebuilding.

"We had talked about moving for a whole five minutes but that was it and we loved our home, and now we're getting it back," says resident Stacy Pizzirusso.

Stacy Pizzirusso was one of the first to get a permit to rebuild her home in Yarnell. She salvaged her wood burning stove and fireplace, her favorite thing about the house.

"I could see the rebuild, but I couldn't see moving in and now we're at the point where I can see moving in. I bought curtains for my bedroom and my kitchen and my sewing room, got one piece of furniture and I can see moving in, and this being my house again and it's been a long time."

Stacy is fortunate. The same can't be said of a lot of other families, like the Overmyers.

"We haven't got our plans finalized or anything because we have to go through contractors. We've gone through two, I'm on my third one now," says Chuck Overmyer.

Overmyer hopes the process will move along faster. He saw the lightning spark the blaze behind his home. It took out everything.

"It's been real real difficult. We've had some friends help us out, we stayed in four different places in a month and a half."

The heartache is still there, but however difficult, the optimism shines bright in Yarnell.

"I believe that a lot of the properties they choose not to rebuild will still have new homes on them. It will bring new blood and new families into Yarnell and that's a good thing," says Stacy.

There were more than a dozen uninsured homes that are being built with the help of donated funds.

The wildfire destroyed more than 100 homes and took the lives of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots.

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