There are several homes around the Cloud residence. Another close neighbor, Jennifer Bivins, says the flames came as close as ten feet from her home and they spent five nights up watching the land to make sure nothing else caught on fire.
Bivins says it's hard knowing that your neighbors, which she grew up with, would not pay attention to the dry condition.
"It's sad just one little incident devastated so many people and so many lives," says Bivins.
Bivins says her family would help the Cloud family if their car broke down on the road. She says it's hard knowing your neighbor is suspected of starting the fires. But they don't hold any ill will against him. She says they had a good idea where it started and having charges filed does close the questions.
"When we drove down there we could kind of see where we thought it had started. I guess it lays it to rest a little bit. We would just like to see people follow the law," says Bivins.
If convicted, Cloud could face up to 10 years behind bars for the arson charge and 3 years for violating the burn ban, prosecutors said.
The wildfires burned more than 58,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes.
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