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Northern AZ wildfire grows, prompts evacuations

Northern AZ wildfire grows, prompts evacuations

CREATED May 14, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet
   
CROWN KING, Ariz. (AP) - Firefighters say a blaze near the historic northern Arizona mining town of Crown King has grown to nearly one square mile, destroying two buildings and one trailer.
   
Prescott National Forest spokeswoman Debbie Maneely says an aircraft using GPS data found the fire was smaller than an earlier estimate of 4 square miles.
   
She says the blaze started at a "structure" and was human-caused.
   
The Crown King area remains under a mandatory evacuation order, though authorities said most of the town's 350 residents had chosen to stay in the community of mostly summer homes.
   
Another large fire, more than 120 miles northeast of Phoenix, was spotted Saturday in Tonto National Forest, where it burned nearly 5 square miles. Authorities have yet to determine a cause.

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