Arizona Towns Begin Evacuations as Fire Spreads

A forest fire continues to rage in Arizona, now covering 287 square miles with some 2,300 firefighters on the scene.

The fire, located some 160 miles east of Phoenix, has been blazing for nine days, remains uncontained, and has prompted the evacuation of several towns and subdivisions. Most residents have voluntarily left a nearby vacation village, but others are sticking it out until they’re ordered to leave, the AP reports. “We're all waiting for the word,” said one. It's now the third-largest fire in the state's history.

Subdivisions close to the New Mexico border that were ordered emptied Sunday included Escudilla Mountain Estates, Bonita, Dog Patch, and the H-V Ranch east of Highway 180, fire information officer Eric Neitzel said.