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Fire in Arizona Prompts Evacuation of 50 Homes

June 30, 2013

Associated Press

Near to the wildfire in Yarnell was a 10-mile wildfire that began 12 days ago in Prescott National Forest. The Doce Fire forced hundreds of evacutions, which have since been lifted.

YARNELL, Ariz. — A one square-mile wildfire burning in a central Arizona community has led to the evacuation of 50 homes that are threatened by the blaze.

Fire information officer Mike Reichling says no homes have been lost in the fire northwest of the Yavapai County community of Yarnell.

Early estimates put the number of evacuated homes at 120, but the number was downgraded by officials closer to the fire.

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Reichling says the blaze was within a mile of some homes but was burning away from them.

The Yarnell Hill fire prompted evacuations in the Model Creek, Buckhorn and Double A Bar Ranch areas about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix. The blaze also was within 200 yards of the Model Creek School.

Crews cleared brush and did other work around the evacuated homes to help guard against the fire.

The fire started on Friday and 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.

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In another Arizona fire, a 2-acre blaze that started at a motorcycle salvage yard and spread to a trailer park has destroyed five mobile homes in the Gila County community of Rye, located more than 130 miles east of Yarnell.

Gila County Health and Emergency Services Director Michael O'Driscoll said no one was injured in Rye.

The fire was ignited Saturday night at All Bikes Sales located off Highway 87. It spread to neighboring federal Forest Service land but was fully contained within 12 hours of its start.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Red Cross says seven adults and two children were staying at a shelter set up for people who were evacuated.

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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Exhausted Firemen

Exhausted Firemen

Associated Press

Under a fog of heavy smoke, fire crews get ready for a night of sleep Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Confluence State Park in Wenatchee, Wash., where a camp has been set up to house and feed personell here to fight fires in North Central Washington.

  • Exhausted Firemen
  • Providing Support
  • A Smoky Landscape
  • Blaze Remains Pesky
  • Clearing Brush
  • Smoke Plume Viewed from Satellite
  • A Dire Scene
  • Surveying the Damage
  • Battling the Blaze
  • Firefighting From Above
  • Smoke Rising Over the Mountain
  • Dark Cloud of Smoke
  • Smoking the Sun
  • Dousing the Flames

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