Winds in Phoenix to clear smoke from wildfire

Aerial shot of the Crown King Fire. Photo Courtesy of KNXV-TV.

Winds in Phoenix to clear smoke from wildfire

CREATED May. 15, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

CROWN KING, Ariz. (AP) - Crews are working to contain wildfires burning in Arizona.
   
A fire near the historic mining town of Crown King has burned about two square miles with zero containment. Prescott National Forest spokeswoman Debbie Maneely says the 1,300-acre, human-caused blaze has destroyed two buildings and one trailer,
   
The Crown King area remained 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.
   
Maneely said most residents likely were staying with family and friends.
   
Meanwhile, a fire south of Payson was 5 percent contained by Tuesday after charring nearly 7 square miles in the Tonto National Forest. Smoke from that fire drifted into Phoenix over the weekend. Authorities have yet to determine a cause.

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