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Frenchtown Residents Stand-by As Mill Creek Fire burns Near Homes

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As crews work to battle the flames of the Mill Creek fire, residents worry for the future of their homes.

Julie Luscher and her three children already had the family car partially loaded, and a few bags packed full of clothes and toiletries before they even got the notice to evacuate.

"Luckily our bags are still pretty much packed," Luscher said.

The Luscher's just moved into a rental home in Frenchtown on Monday after leaving Minnesota.

"It's overwhelming we don't have forest fires in Minnesota, so I don't know anything about it," Luscher said.

Julie's husband called her, while neither of them were home, when she called her son he told her the smoke was heavy, and she should get home quick.

"I was home just a few minutes before firefighters arrived and told us we had fifteen minutes to leave," Luscher said.

She said while it was a new house, it's their home, and leaving wasn't easy.

"It'd be devastating, we didn't take any of our memorabilia or anything.'"

The Luchers were just one of the families gathered at a church on Mill Creek Road, watching the fire spread toward friends and families homes.

"I'm just extremely afraid for other people our home is safe, our neighbors are safe, we just want that to be across the board," said Frenchtown resident Addrien Marx.

Marx lived right next store to the house the fire started out. Fire officials confirmed it started as a family tried to mow their yard.

I think it's important to point out we were doing this for fire mitigation, so know is obviously not the time to trim weeds.

Marx said now all she and the other evacuees, like the Luschers, can do can do is wait.

"I mean we couldn't replace everything in there, But we're all safe," Luscher said.

Fire officials said they expect to continue battling the blaze through the night. They said they will continue creating fire lines to keep it from reaching structures.

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