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Huerfano County family evacuates

By Lila Hollin, Telemundo Anchor/Pueblo Bureau Reporter, l.hollin@krdo.com
Published On: Jun 20 2013 06:22:19 PM CDT

Huerfano County Family Evacuates

WALSENBURG, Colo. -

 A Huerfano County family is doing its best to stay  positive as it gets ready to spend another night evacuated.

The East Peak Fire is forcing dozens out of their homes.

John Mall High School, in Walsenburg, was opened as an evacuation shelter, but now Walsenburg is on pre-evac status.

"Every time I looked out, I would see the beautiful scenery, and it's just hard," said Hannah Mercier.

It's a sight that brings Mercier to tears.

What use to be her old high school is now her temporary home.

 "I  went into my kids' room and starting packing some of their clothes because I didn't know for how long I'd be evacuated for," said Mercier.

She has three young daughters.

"I have to stay strong for three of my kids," said Mercier.

Her husband helped her pack up their belongings and drove the family to the school.

"It's been a surreal experience," said Mercier.  

The shelter was open to evacuees hours after the fire erupted.

"We had 180 people stay here. One-hundred-fifty were scouts; the rest were residents from the area," said Bill Fortune with the American Red Cross.

The Boys Scouts will be leaving by the end of the day, but the volunteers aren't going anywhere.

"We are here as long as they need us," said Fortune.

The American Red Cross said it needs some volunteers d in that area. Anyone who is interested in invited to log onto its website  Redcross.org and make sure to click the Pueblo area, because that branch will send volunteers to Huerfano County.

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