Chapter house in Sheep Springs a refuge for evacuees

Updated: 06/17/2014 6:13 PM | Created: 06/17/2014 6:08 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Despite heavy winds, the smell of smoke hangs in the air in Sheep Springs and on the mind of residents, making sure that those that have been displaced are comfortable.

"You need a place to sleep, you need a place to eat, you need a place to talk to somebody, we are here and we are here to support people," proclaims Sophina James.

The chapter house in Sheep Springs is a refuge from smoke and flames today.

"That’s why I'm staying here, as long as it takes," James said.

James busies herself making fry bread for people like herself who have been evacuated from their homes. "And we have live stock up there, sheep are still up there."

She says helping others is what her grandmother taught her from a young age.

"Be here for our community members."

And she is fiercely protective of what she calls her mountain.

"If I have to take shovels and stuff up my mountain, I’m ready, I’m gassed up and I’m ready to go up and protect my home stead."

She says that the whole community is in a state of shock.

"You wouldn't think something like this would happen, especially you hear about it in other places of New Mexico, but not here, not this close, this really hits home, this is our mountain we don’t want no fire to come and take it from us."

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