Arizona Wildfires Force Evacuations of Several Communities, Close Highways


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Two large wildfires driven by extreme fire conditions in central Arizona have consumed more than 170 square miles and forced several communities to evacuate.

The Gila County Sheriff's Office on Monday ordered residents of several additional areas to evacuate, including parts of the town of Miami, Arizona, Central Heights, Icehouse Canyon, Kellner Canyon and Six Shooter Canyon and the east side of El Capitan.

The Sheriff's Office on Sunday ordered people living in homes west of Miami, to evacuate as the Telegraph Fire neared the town, which is about 70 miles east of Phoenix.

Earlier Sunday, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office ordered residents of nearby Top-of-the-World, Arizona, to leave their homes because of the fire. Residents of Superior, Arizona, were told to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice.

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum was evacuated Monday afternoon as the Telegraph Fire inched closer to the park, the Arizona Republic reported.

U.S. Highway 60 was closed between Superior and Miami. A stretch of U.S. Highway 70 was closed to semi tractor-trailers.

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