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Uncertain Future

By KTVA Alaska 2:49 PM June 19, 2015

Justin and Jamiee High are among several mushers who live the frontier lifestyle in the Willow area. They are now one of the two dozen families left homeless from the Sockeye Wildfire.

This is the second time in six months the couple has lost their home. Construction of the rebuild was nearly complete when their home burned a second time during the wildfire. They saved their dogs and some personal possessions. The two are staying with friends and are unsure of their future. Time is of the essence to find a place because the two are expecting a baby.

“We need a place to live. There’s more urgency. Before we could live in a dry cabin easily with no running water and going out to the outhouse, but when there’s a baby involved, it’s a little more difficult,” said Justin High.

This photo gallery shows the progression of rebuilding the first time. The gallery ends with a final photo of the Sockeye Wildfire approaching their almost complete home.

Rhonda McBride will have more about the High family and others impacted by the wildfires. Tune into Frontiers: Heartache and Hope from the Front Lines. The program airs on Sunday, June 21 at 8:30 a.m. and again at 10:30 p.m.

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