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Wildfire's growth halted; evacuation notice remains in place

Officials say a small community in south-central Arizona remained under an evacuation notice Friday after crews and air tankers stopped the growth of a wildfire that burned at least 12 homes on Thursday.
Posted at 7:56 AM, Apr 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-09 14:58:13-04

DUDLEYVILLE Ariz. (AP) — Officials say a small community in south-central Arizona remained under an evacuation notice Friday after crews and air tankers stopped the growth of a wildfire that burned at least 12 homes on Thursday.

The fire burning through thick vegetation in a river bottom near Dudleyville was estimated at 500 acres with containment around 20% of its perimeter as of Thursday night. Cause of the fire near the unincorporated Pinal County town was under investigation.

The county Sheriff’s Office said approximately 200 residents were evacuated and that the evacuation notice might be lifted Friday evening or Saturday morning. The Red Cross set up a shelter at Ray High School in Kearny.