Hundreds flee AZ fire

A 3,000-acre wildfire in northern Arizona was threatening hundreds of homes on Monday.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | June 19, 2006


A 3,000-acre wildfire in northern Arizona was threatening hundreds of homes on Monday.

At least 400 homes were evacuated in the parched region around Oak Creek Canyon, some 90 miles north of Phoenix. Fire is less than a mile away from homes.

Another 100 homes on the north side of Sedona were evacuated as well, from the subdivisions of Cibola Hills, Rim Shadows, Painted Cliff, Shadow Rock Circle and Casa Contenta.

Some residents were evacuated so quickly they were unable to return home to get any belongings.

Much of the area is a resort community, but it is a mixed income area, and there are a significant number of mobile homes there.

Temperatures Monday will be about 100 degrees, and winds will be up to 20 mph.

Another blaze in southern Colorado grew to 400 acres on Monday, prompting voluntary evacuations of nearly 250 homes in Forbes Park.


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