More crews to battle growing Colorado fire

More crews to battle growing Colorado fire

More crews to battle growing Colorado fire

The Cedar Fire burning in eastern Arizona had grown to more than 42,000 acres by Wednesday morning, fire officials said.

A community of about 300 residents has been put on pre-evacuation notice with the spread of a wildfire in east-central Arizona on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

The blaze, which has burned some 67 square miles, is about 2 ½ miles north of Cedar Creek. Officials said that crews will be working at the southwestern corner of the fire to conduct burnout operations.

Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside and the immediate surrounding areas also remain under pre-evacuation notices.

Last night during the Show Low Community Meeting Show Low Mayor Daryl Seymore announced that Governor Ducey has declared a State of Emergency. The containment is at 22 percent which covers part of the west side along Highway 60, up across the northern perimeter and part way down the east side.

Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Gustavo Medina says the other fire was reported near the city of Duarte.

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Authorities say a shift in the wind turned a wildfire burning slowly in a heavily wooded area on the Colorado-Wyoming border into a fast-moving threat.

"We've had a few smaller fires on the Routt but nothing of this size in awhile", Voos said Wednesday afternoon at the Forest Service office in Walden.

The evacuation order includes private and recreation residents as well as fire personnel in the fire area, officials said.

Firefighters are continuing to build a fire line along the B-33 Road. Trees killed by a beetle infestation were fueling the flames 140 miles north of Denver and 2 miles from Wyoming. The cause is under investigation. More than 700 homes were ordered evacuated earlier this week, but it was not immediately clear how many were cleared for return Wednesday.

A forest fire has erupted in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles amid withering heat. It raced across 28 square miles of tinder-dry forest in the Manzano Mountains south of Albuquerque until more favorable weather helped to slow its growth.

The blaze also led Gov. Susana Martinez to declare a state of emergency. Community members that wish to evacuate now can go to the sites listed above.

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