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Family refuses to leave home under evacuation

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Smoke from the fire burning on Rail Canyon Road Smoke from the fire burning on Rail Canyon Road
SPRINGDALE, Wash. -

Plane, after plane, after plane flies over the Rail Canyon Road fire, dropping water and retardant on the flames. Flames that  have already claimed homes and barns in this remote area of Springdale. They grow closer to the homes under evacuation. But one of those families say they won't leave their home, even though they were told to.

"We feel pretty confident," Jesse Shelton tells KHQ, as he describes his family's plan to protect their home from the oncoming flames.

But explosions nearby do have the family a little concerned. They say the Stevens County Fire Department told them the small explosions are burned trees falling over, and houses consumed by the flames collapsing. They believe the louder explosions, however, are from firework stands that line the road they live on. They think the fire has burned those stands causing  the loud booms.

They tell KHQ they will let their horses loose if the flames get too close.

"Worst case, we'll let them go and put numbers on them," Shelton explains. "They'll run to where it's safe"

They learned their lesson years ago about keeping them penned up.  A fire in the early 1990s  killed one of their mares.

But the people in this family say they're staying to protect their homes. And they're not alone.

"We pitch in. It's a great community. Everyone helps out," Shelton explains.

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