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Arizona Wildfires

June 4, 2011 by USA Post 

Arizona Wildfires, Arizona Wildfiresblaze near the Alps in the east-central state. The fire, of undetermined origin had burned 120,600 acres of Saturday morning and prompted the evacuation of nearly 2,500 people.

“It looks like fog in St. Johns at the moment,” said Sgt. Richard Guinn from the Office of Sheriff of Apache County.

The fire, which began last week, has destroyed several outbuildings for registration and had a great threat to holiday homes and other properties in the Alpine and Nutrioso, Guinn told CNN. Residents of these communities and a subdivision were evacuated.

Apache National Forest in Arizona was closed to all public entry.

The area is popular for outdoor activities, including elk hunting, fly fishing and skiing in winter.

“With the school we have a lot of campers, but camping in the national forest is closed, said Guinn.

Eric Neitzel with low Hall Fire Department told CNN affiliate KNXV Phoenix fire is “dogged.”

The city of Greer was given a pre-evacuation notice on Friday night, Guinn said.

The fire had little or no contention on Friday night.

As a precautionary measure due to the smoke and ashes, a local hospital moved to its patients, but the emergency room remained open, said Guinn.

The winds are expected to disappear both on Saturday, but fire conditions can be harder on Sunday, said Guinn.

Joyce Benjamin said the smoky skies caused her daughter’s asthma River burst.

“She is having trouble breathing,” said Benjamin.

City officials in Albuquerque, in the northeast of the fire, told residents to avoid outdoor activities and close the windows and doors when heavy smoke is visibile or can be smelled. The smoke alert was issued on Monday morning. Light ash has been reported in several areas of the city, according to CNN affiliate KOAT.

A second fire in southeastern Arizona had burned more than 90,000 acres but was 50% contained, firefighters said Saturday. The cause is under investigation.

A mandatory evacuation order for the continuation of the communities of Paradise, East White Tail Canyon and surrounding communities, according to KNXV.

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