Wildfire that evacuated Pinal County town now 20% contained
DUDLEYVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire that led to the evacuation of all homes in the small Pinal County town of Dudleyville on Thursday was 20% contained after burning at least 12 structures authorities said.
It’s unclear how the fire started, but it quickly grew to about 150 acres and forced the evacuations.
County sheriff’s officials said 74 structures were within the evacuation zone with 243 residents living in that area.
There were no immediate reports of any injuries and an emergency shelter was set up at Ray High School in Kearny for the evacuees.
Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management officials said the wildfire was burning thick tamarisk in a river bottom.
About 75 firefighters were battling the flames from the ground while air tankers were dropping gallons of water and fire retardant.
Dudleyville is a census-designated place with a population of about 1,000 located off Highway 77 about 60 miles north of Tucson.
The mining town was the site of a July 2017 wildfire that charred almost 1,200 acres and destroyed several structures, including homes.