Wildfire Forces Evacuation of Mountain Communities North of Phoenix

Tankers and helicopters at work on the fire



CROWN KING, Ariz. (AP) — Officials in Yavapai County have ordered residents of several small remote mountain communities 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 but the area has many vacation cabins.

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 (13 square kilometers) of juniper, chaparral and timber.

Ground crews trying to corral the flames are being aided by three air tankers and four helicopters dropping fire retardant or water.

Crown King is about 80 miles (128 kilometers) north of Phoenix in the Bradshaw Mountains.

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