ANTELOPE VALLEY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – A wildfire burning in eastern Arizona is forcing some residents of Heber, Antelope Valley area to evacuate.
Navajo County announced on Twitter that Heber residents east of SR-260 and north of SR-277 have been ordered to evacuate. However, Forest Road 504 opened to residents and property owners Saturday morning. The Antelope Valley area continues to be under an evacuation order as well. All other residents of Heber are being asked to prepare for a possible evacuation.
A shelter has been set up for evacuees at Holbrook High School, 455 N. 8th Ave., Holbrook. While SR 377 is closed because of the fire, evacuees can head northbound to Holbrook. Animals can be evacuated to the Navajo County Fairgrounds
As of Saturday morning, 7,592 acres have burned with 76% containment.
Like many wildfires burning in Arizona right now, weather – continued hot temperatures with a chance of thunderstorms – is a significant concern for fire managers. Crews are expecting "extreme fire behavior."
More than 90 people have been assigned to the Wyrick Fire.