For one family of evacuees from the Rodeo Fire, the wait is over and the news is good their two Pinedale homes survived the inferno.
Friday, before they got the good news, Dan Puckett, a surveyor, talked about the uncertainty of their situation from the home of friends in Payson. He, his wife, two children and his parents live in two houses on a three-acre parcel in the community of 400 residents west of Show Low on Highway 260.
"The latest I heard is that up to 100 structures and 20 houses have been destroyed," Puckett said. Pinedale has about 100 houses, he estimated.
"When we left for Payson Thursday, the sky was real black," he said. "You could look right up at the sun without any squinting, and ashes were coming down like a light snow."
The hardest part was the waiting.
"What happens is we get some information that suggests we might have been missed, and then we get some information that says it might be going right through there," he said. "The waffling back and forth isn't easy."
Monday, the Pucketts finally learned the fate of their homes.
"One of the people who stayed in the area looked and gave me a call," he said. "Both houses are OK. The fire didn't even touch our land. It went around it."