Remaining Residents of Two AZ Towns Ordered to Evacuate

By: SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and BOB CHRISTIE - Associated Press Writers
By: SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and BOB CHRISTIE - Associated Press Writers

The remaining residents of two eastern Arizona towns in the path of a massive wildfire have been ordered to evacuate.

The Apache County sheriff ordered everyone still in Springerville and Eagar to leave Wednesday evening. About 7,000 people live in the towns and surrounding areas, although many already have left.

The order came as a spot fire made it past fire lines. Fire spokesman Jim Whittington says the flames are not in the towns.

About half of Eagar was ordered evacuated Tuesday.

The 607-square-mile blaze has already made about 2,700 people flee mountain towns in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Firefighters say they have zero containment of the fire in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.

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