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Officials say wildfire in Arizona national forest is ‘0% contained’

Brittany Jordan

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A wildfire in Arizona has burned thousands of acres and remains “0% contained,” according to officials.

The Horse Fire started in Prescott National Forest on Oct. 15 and quickly spread, burning more than 8,300 acres as of early Saturday.

Horse Fire via Arizona State Forestry Twitter

Horse Fire via Arizona State Forestry Twitter

Firefighting efforts have been hampered by the remote location and rugged terrain, according to the Daily Courier.  

The nearby town of Crown King issued a mandatory evacuation, forcing over 100 people to flee the area. Air tankers and helicopters are being used to battle the blaze.

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The fire also threatens communication towers, which would further limit efforts to contain the fire, FOX 10 reported.

“You know, there is a lot of high-value equipment up there that services the North Valley and some surrounding areas,” said Cory Carlson of the U.S. Forest Service. “I don’t know the extent of the equipment, but a lot of stakeholders have stuff up on that mountain.”

Visitors to Crown King had reportedly already departed the area prior to the evacuation order.

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All roads leading into the area have been closed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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