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Fire forces evacuations for mountain town north of Phoenix

Posted at 1:19 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 16:19:43-04

CROWN KING, Ariz. (AP) — Officials in Yavapai County have ordered residents of several small remote mountain communities about 80 miles north of Phoenix to evacuate as a wildfire threatens the area.

Sheriff’s officials sent an evacuation order for residents of Crown King, Minnehaha and Horsethief Cabins Friday morning. Crown King has about 100 residents.

Prescott National Forest officials said the blaze broke out Thursday about 7 miles northwest of Crown King and has burned more than 5 square miles of juniper, chaparral and timber. Ground crews are being aided by three air tankers and four helicopters.