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Arizona wildfire leads to evacuation of 120 homes

5:32 PM, Jun 30, 2013   |    comments
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Firefighters are battling a blaze that has already forced the evacuation of dozens of homes

 

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - A one square-mile wildfire burning in a central Arizona community has led to the evacuation of 120 homes that are threatened by the blaze.

Arizona State Forestry Division spokeswoman Carrie Dennett says no homes have been lost in the fire northwest of the Yavapai County community of Yarnell, but the blaze was within a half-mile of some homes.

The Yarnell Hill fire prompted evacuations in the Model Creek and Double A Bar Ranch areas about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.

Crews are doing work around the homes to help guard against the fire.

The surrounding area contains an additional 450 homes, but those houses haven't been evacuated.

The fire started Friday but picked up momentum Sunday as the area experienced high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions.

Two hundred firefighters are now working at the fire, but an additional 130 firefighters and more water- and retardant-dropping helicopters and aircraft are on their way.

The Red Cross said it has set up at Yavapai College in Prescott to provide refreshments for people who were evacuated and a break from the heat.

The relief agency said it's prepared to open a shelter there if the need arises.

Nearby, a 10 square-mile wildfire that began 12 days ago in the Prescott National Forest was 96 percent contained as of Sunday morning.

The Doce Fire forced hundreds of residential evacuations, but those evacuations have since been lifted.

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