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Jun 30, 2013 5:12 PM by Associated Press

Fire in Arizona prompts evacuation of 120 homes

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - A one square-mile wildfire burning in a central Arizona community has led to the evacuation of 120 homes that are threatened by the blaze.

Arizona State Forestry Division spokeswoman Carrie Dennett says no homes have been lost in the fire northwest of the Yavapai County community of Yarnell, but the blaze was within a half-mile of some homes.

The fire prompted evacuations in the Model Creek and Double A Bar Ranch areas about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.

Crews are doing work around the homes to help guard against the fire.

The surrounding area contains an additional 450 homes, but those houses haven't been evacuated.

The fire had started Friday but picked up momentum Sunday as the area experienced high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions.

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