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Arizona forest fire threatens town of Greer and others

  • 6-5-2011

Fire crews are battling to contain a massive blaze in Arizona that is threatening mountain communities in the east of the state.

The fire, covering 225 sq miles (583 sq km) is being described as the third largest in the state's history.

Smoke from the burning pine forests can be seen in neighbouring New Mexico and Colorado.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who flew over the fire, described the rapidly moving blaze as a "frightening sight".

The fire was expected to grow, given a forecast for winds and lightning.

Most residents of the resort town of Greer, in the White Mountains, left on Saturday, packing their belongings in to vehicles as what is being called the "Wallow Fire" moved closer.

On Sunday, the town was shrouded in smoke.

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