Wrightwood, California – Forest fires in Arizona and California forced evacuations as crews were working to contain the blaze, officials said.
Firefighters are responding to a forest fire about 6 miles north of Flag Staff, Arizona, which has forced evacuation. Coconino National Forest officials said the fire was reported in the pipeline at 10:15 a.m. Sunday.
By this evening, it had burned 7.8 square miles.
Without elaborating, he said Forest Service law enforcement agencies arrested and charged the 57-year-old man with violating natural resources.
Authorities said people living in the Arizona Snow Bowl and West Schultz Pass Road areas should be evacuated.
U.S. Forest Service officials said the crew was fighting a fire Monday in the area north of Flagstaff, near the Sunset Crater National Monument.
County sheriff’s officials said Alpine Rancho residents are being evacuated as a precaution and deputies are going door-to-door to notify them.
An evacuation shelter has been set up at Synagua Middle School, he said.
Yolda King and her family evacuated their home for the second time this year due to a forest fire. She did not return from the spring fire before leaving again on Sunday, this time to retrieve photos and clothing she had not previously received.
“Here we go again,” he said.
A family of 11 is planning to stay at Navajo Nation Casino, providing assistance to displaced tribal members.
The family waited in the parking lot before the roadblock signal, watching the smoke billow into the air and the plane flying overhead.
“The winds are strong, and I think they’re going to fight it a little bit,” King said.
Smoke was billowing from Schultz Pass towards Donnie Park, and officials said entertainers were being told to leave immediately, especially in the area around Schultz Pass.
The American Red Cross Arizona has opened a shelter at Senagua Middle School for displaced residents.
“As fast as this thing is moving, it could get very close, hopefully not,” King said.
The fire was contained by 13 engines, nine crew members, six prevention patrol units, three bulldozers and a water tender, officials said. An event management team is due to arrive on Monday.
The Arizona Department of Transportation has closed US Route 89. The department said in a Twitter post that there was no estimated time to reopen the road.
Authorities said evacuation orders were issued Monday for remote homes near a wildfire in California that erupted in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles over the weekend.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department said the blaze broke out Saturday near the Pacific Crust Trail in San Gabriel Mountains, not far from Wrightwood.
The fire saw a renewed rise Sunday afternoon and burned about 1.5 square miles (3.88 sq km) of pine trees and dry brushes by nightfall, officials said.
According to Sunday’s status report, “Law enforcement agencies are going door-to-door with mandatory evacuations for Desert Front Road and Wild Horse Canyon.” It was not clear how many people were affected.
The rest of the hill town of Wrightwood, with about 4,500 residents, was under evacuation warning.
Many mountain passes were closed. Only 5% of the fire was contained.
West of Los Angeles County, firefighters quickly contained a wildfire that broke out in the foothills over Dwarte on Sunday. No house was in danger.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Hot and dry weekend weather caused fires to rise throughout Southern California. The National Weather Service said Monday was expected to be cool, but another heatwave was expected in the middle of the week.