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Arizona wildfire burns homes

June 1, 2006

PHOENIX, Ariz (Reuters) – A fast-moving wildfire burned
uncontrollably in a small northern Arizona enclave on Thursday,
claiming about 150 acres and several structures, authorities
said.

More than 100 firefighters battled into the evening to
contain the blaze that broke out at about 2:30 p.m. local time,
damaging at least two structures and threatening another 30
buildings near Sedona, Arizona, said Karen Malis-Clark, a fire
spokeswoman. There were no injuries.

“We like to think that the worst is over, but we don’t know
just yet,” Marlis-Clark said.

Arizona has been in a severe drought, causing tinder-like
conditions.

Firefighters said the fire had moved away from any homes
into a wilderness area inside the Coconino National Forest as
of late Thursday. There was no estimate for when the fire would
be contained.

Officials said an investigation into the cause would
continue.


Source: reuters



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