Wildfire in U.S. state of Arizona forces evacuation of 1,500 residents

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LOS ANGELES, June 16 (Xinhua) — A wildfire that occurred northeast of metro Phoenix, U.S. state of Arizona, surged overnight and forced about 1,500 people to be evacuated from their homes.

According to the data updated Tuesday morning by inciWeb, an interstate incident information system, the fire, dubbed Bush Fire, spread to 64,513 acres (261 square km) with zero percent containment from about 37,000 acres Monday night.

The fire, which started Saturday near the intersection of Bush Highway and Highway 87, is human-caused and remains under investigation, inciWeb said, adding 439 firefighters are battling the blaze in windy, hot and dry weather conditions.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders Monday, saying those in areas under the orders face “imminent” and “life-threatening danger.”

The Bush Fire is on the verge of the top 10 for largest wildfires in the Grand Canyon State’s history. The 10th largest fire on the list is the Murphy Complex Fire, which consumed 68,078 acres in 2011, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM research. Enditem

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