Western wildfire threat continues

Residents in one Arizona town were allowed to return home Thursday night as the Cave Creek wildfire switched directions.

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK | BALTIMORE | June 24, 2005


Residents in one Arizona town were allowed to return home Thursday night as the Cave Creek wildfire switched directions.

More than 200 homes were evacuated earlier this week when the 46,000-acre blaze moved dangerously close to the Tonto Hills neighborhood near Carefree, Ariz., a town some 35 miles northwest of Phoenix. The fire burned 11 homes, said one official from the Tonto National Forest.

The Cave Creek wildfire is still only 5% contained as of Friday morning, as high winds and dry weather were making the battle harder for firefighters. The lightning-caused fire started Tuesday.

Elsewhere in the state, several other wildfires were quickly scorching land as well. The 23,000-acre Perkins wildfire near the western town of Kingman is threatening several small communities, but is 30% contained.

Another 45,000-acre fire near Ajo is not threatening homes, but has closed parts of Highway 85 several times.

The southern California wildfire which burned six homes earlier this week is now expected to be fully contained Saturday morning. At its worst, the Paradise wildfire threatened some 700 homes near the Morongo Valley and forced residents to flee on very short notice.

In Nevada, the Goodsprings wildfire quickly spread to 15,000 acres near Ely Thursday. The blaze prompted the evacuation of several camping areas and a few residences near Mt. Potosi. The Mt. Springs area is under a voluntary evacuation and some residents there are without power due to burnt power poles.

The National Weather Service in Reno issued a Fire Weather Watch for Churchill and Lyon Counties on Friday because of dry lightning. Several new wildfires started Wednesday and Thursday due to lighting and extremely dry conditions in the state.

New wildfires also sparked this week in Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, and Texas.


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