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Tyler Gerber, 15, left, and his brother Kearn, 14, stand near a four-wheeler they used Wednesday to repair fence on the family ranch after Tuesday’s Sand Fire about 10 miles west of Craig. Tyler saw the blaze soon after it ignited, and he was “praying that it wouldn’t get on our place, but that didn’t happen,” he said. The fire blackened parts of their grazing land but did not damage the family’s home.

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Residents reacted to the oncoming Sand Fire on Tuesday

Tyler Gerber, 15, was taking out the trash Tuesday night at the family ranch west of Craig when he saw the beginnings of a blaze that would soon threaten their home. He was “praying that it wouldn’t get on our place, but that didn’t work,” he said. His father, Wade Gerber, also saw the fire, which was burning west of their house. He drove closer to investigate, and discovered the wildfire “was a lot closer than we even thought it was,” he said. Rick Barnes, who lives south of where the fire burned, also saw the fire.

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