“Controlled burn” threatens Arizona City

WILLIAMS, Ariz.—64 homes and some businesses were evacuated late last night as a controlled burn got out of control. Kabaib National Forest spokeswoman Punky Moore said Saturday that the Coconino County Sheriffs Office used a reverse 911 call system to alert residents in the Escalante subdivision of Williams. The small northern Arizona city is surrounded by forest.

Moore says no structures have been burned in the fire, which was lit Thursday about three miles from Williams. The fire, planned to consume about 900 acres, was started while the forest service warned of high fire conditions and the weather service predicted high winds. The fire has consumed an additional 800 acres—more than one-square mile.

Ninety firefighters were working to suppress the blaze on the northeast side with 10 air tankers and three crews from California expected to assist in the effort, Moore said.

The Red Cross has established an evacuation center at the Williams Elementary Middle School. Residents can call 928-635-5653 or 928-635-5635 for information.

And while you are there, you can find out about H1N1 vaccines and the proposed health care plan.

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