FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. -

Times like these make priorities more clear than the mountain air in Northeast Fremont County.

 "The most important thing is that we and all of our neighbors are safe," said David Harvey.

Harvey and his wife voluntarily evacuated from the Red Rocks subdivision.

 "Several of my our neighbors have already gotten their animals out and they have left," Harvey said.

 The neighborhood is just a couple of miles from where the "eightmile fire" is burning.

 In the shadows of a large plume of smoke, it was a race against fire for the Merrill family.  They were rushing to extend the mitigated zone around their log cabin in the Red Rocks subdivision.

 "I didn't get too upset until the ash started blowing about 3 o'clock," Sandy Merrill said.

 Sandy and her husband built the home, log by log.  Their son, Derrick, along with other friends were battling swarming gnats and the heat as they used chainsaws and tractors to remove trees and brush.

 "I don't want them to lose their dream, so we got a lot more work to do on this property," Derrick said.

 Firefighters say they are using a "confine/contain" strategy.  They estimate the fire to be 700 acres.

 Four engines are patrolling the fire throughout the night.  In the morning, three helicopters, three single engine airtankers and two heavy airtankers will continue the attack on the fire.

 The Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Team B will assume control of the fire beginning at 6 am.