PNP comment: Vegetation in uplands is just too thick to be healthy for the environment. There must be management, which means thinning and removal of brush and trees to a “natural” degree of stocking. This is devastating of wildlife and must be stopped. — Editor Liz Bowen
Published May 15, 2012
May 14, 2012: An air tanker drops retardant on a fire near Crown King, Ariz. (AP)
CROWN KING, Ariz. – Firefighters continue to battle a wildfire in northern Arizona that has forced residents from their homes in the historic mining town of Crown King just weeks ahead of the busy tourist season.
The fire began on private land Sunday and has burned about 2 square miles as of Monday afternoon, with zero containment.
Prescott National Forest officials say the 1,300-acre, human-caused blaze already has destroyed two buildings and one trailer.
The Crown King area remains under a mandatory evacuation order, though authorities say most of the town’s 350 residents have chosen to stay in the community of mostly summer homes.
Meanwhile, a fire south of Payson is 5 percent contained after charring nearly 5 square miles in the Tonto National Forest.
Authorities have yet to determine a cause.