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Evacuations East of Florence in Kearny, AZ due to wildfire

The fire is being called the "Shipman Fire" and within less than 20 minutes had burned 75 acres.  The winds are pretty strong and it is spreading quickly.  As of 8:30pm it had spread to over 300 acres. Several air tankers have joined the race to contain  the flames that are burning through a river bottom.

The Sheriff’s Office is contacting the Red Cross and the Kearny High School to open up for temporary evacuations.



Fire has been upgraded to Type 2 which will allow additional resources.  About 300 acres have been burnt according to Bureau of Land Mgmt with 2 confirmed structures having been destroyed.  As of this morning, the fire is still not contained and requests for aircraft to assist the approximately 100 ground crew members have been made.  With so many wildfires burning throughout the state and other states, air assistance may be delayed.  Highway 177 was reopened this morning. The fire was slowly making its way towards the airport. Firefighters are working to build a line between the fire and the town.

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