Homes burned by wildfire in Kearny, Ariz.Posted: Updated:
KEARNY, Ariz. -- A wildfire, apparently sparked by lightning Monday, has led to the evacuation of a trailer park in Kearny, Ariz.
There are numerous firefighters on scene and there are reports that there are actually two separate active fire scenes, according to Tim Gaffney with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said two homes have burned. Fifty homes have been evacuated.
The Shipman Fire is approximately 75 acres and is burning near the Gila River, according to Dolores Garcia, a fire mitigation specialist with the Bureau of Land Management. Garcia is providing assistance to the Arizona State Forestry Division on this fire.
Gracia said there are structures threatened and some of them are residences. She said storms in the area are limiting the air attack on the fire.
"The flames are probably 60 foot in the air...and probably a wall of flames...all the way across,” said resident Jack Collins. "We already gathered up our care packages, so we can get out fast just in case. After what happened in Yarnell I am just praying for the firefighters.”
"We are hitting it as hard as we can. We've got ground resources coming from several neighboring communities, including Globe, Queen Valley, Sun Lakes and Superior," said Garcia.
State fire prevention officer, Carrie Dennett told 3TV the fire has burned about 200 acres of salt cedar.
Dennett said there is a helicopter, 3 air tankers and 2 Type 2 teams assigned to the fire along with one water tanker and six engines.
The wildfire has closed five miles of State Route 177, near Kearny, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The highway is closed from Kearny (milepost 146) to five miles north of the junction with State Route 77 (milepost 141). There is no estimated time to reopen the highway.
The small town of Kearny, Ariz. is about 100 miles southeast of Phoenix.