A wildfire forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes in the north central Arizona town of Yarnell on Wednesday.
Yavapai County Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said that no injuries have been reported. He added that the fire grew from 100 acres on Wednesday evening to around 600 to 700 acres by 8:30 p.m., local time, (11:30 p.m. EDT), NBC News reported.
Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Dolores Garcia said that 250 to 300 people have been evacuated so far. At least 140 firefighters have been deployed to fight the blaze aided by three air tankers and two helicopters, the Associated Press reported.
Garcia said that three structures have burned down but no homes have been affected. NBC News reported that the fire broke out at around 3:15 p.m., local time, (6:15 p.m. EDT).
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on its official Facebook page saying that as of 8:30 p.m. the fire had laid down. The fire, authorities said, seemed to be moving up the mountain slopes and away from the town. The fire was heading northeast of Yarnell but the western flank was still under threat.
U.S. Forest Service crews did back-burns and dug trenches along Highway 89 that goes through Yarnell. The highway was closed on either side of the town.
The fire occurred near the site of the 2013 blaze that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters. The 2013 fire was started by a lightning strike outside of town in June. The blaze burned 8,400 acres and destroyed 129 structures.