Wanship • Vicki Peppler cannot believe it happened again.
Like last year, Peppler was driving back to her home on Crestview Drive in Summit County's Rockport Estates after an errand, when she found out that a wildfire had blocked her way on State Road 32. And like last year, her thoughts were with her three dogs, who she could not retrieve from her house yet.
"It's living the nightmare again," Peppler said at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building in Wanship, which was serving as a shelter for evacuees.
This new fire, unlike the lightning-sparked Rockport 5 Fire that destroyed eight homes last August, started in a "yurt-type structure," said Tyler Rowser, spokesman for the North Summit Fire District. By 8 p.m., the fire had been 45 percent contained and had scorched 120 acres, fire officials said.