Crews make progress on wildfire in Arizona town
KEARNY, Ariz. (AP) - A lightning-caused wildfire in the small Arizona town of Kearny now is 5 percent contained and evacuations have been lifted for residents of about 100 homes.
Electricity also has been restored to the town hours after Salt River Project shut off power as a safety precaution about 1:50 p.m. Tuesday.
But residents now have a new problem. Pinal County officials say mobile phone services are disrupted by the fire and may not be fully restored until late Tuesday.
The number of firefighters battling the Shipman Fire has doubled to about 200 as crews work to dig containment lines.
The fire has charred an estimated 300 acres of dense vegetation in a dry riverbed and burned one house.
Kearny is located 73 miles southeast of Phoenix.
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