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Tuesday marks 1 year since Wallow Fire broke out

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Tuesday marks one year since Arizona's largest wildfire broke out from an unattended campfire.

"It was very chaotic, it was like out of a movie," Vada Davis, the owner of the Bear Wallow Cafe, said.

Approximately 6,000 people were evacuated, including Davis.

Davis said her two daughters and her son-in-law stayed and took care of the restaurant.

Davis had owned and operated the cafe for years and even tried to do so while the Wallow Fire burned all around her.

"We had generators, no electricity and we did feed the (fire) crews," Davis said.

As the fire grew more intense, Davis said she knew it was time to go.

"It was unreal, I never ever dreamed that my family or myself or my valley would go through such a thing," Davis said.

The Wallow Fire scorched 841 square miles, destroying more than 30 structures. The fire cost more than $79 million to put out.

Davis is confident had it not been for the good work of fire crews, the wildfire could have been much worse.

"I have to say we have the best fire crew in Alpine and on this mountain that I've ever seen," Davis said.

Even though it will take years before the area looks like it once did, Davis said she's still happy to have her home and business.

"Business is good, it's booming, our pies are back in the oven and everything is rolling," Davis said.

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