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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Greenwood fire had some homeowners rushing to protect their homes in case the fire got too close.

The constant sounds of helicopters loading up with water from the Spokane River behind her home are the first sounds Laura Nonnenmacher heard Thursday afternoon, alerting her of the fire.

“So, I came out front and there was a pretty intimidating black column of smoke and it was hard to tell how far away it was,” she said.

She described the experience in one word: “Terrifying.”

She texted her husband, asking him to help spray down the roof. She's been through fires before.

“ My house burned down twice when I was younger. My family home burned down. It was struck by lightning so it's a little different from this. But still when you've got that background you get a little panicky.”

Nonnenmacher and her neighbors found embers in their backyards, so they turned on the sprinklers to take extra precautions.

“That scared me a little bit,” she said.

After her experience, she advises having green defensible space around your home for prevention.

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