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Fire north of Bisbee prompts evacuation

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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2009 5:25 pm

BISBEE - A wildfire burning a half-mile northwest of Bisbee in southeastern Arizona prompted crews to evacuate 30 homes Monday.

Firefighters allowed people to return to 10 homes after winds shifted Monday evening. The fire was burning away from the town and had scorched about 180 acres.

Crews expected the blaze to continue burning away from the town but left 20 homes evacuated as a precaution. No homes have been burned.

The cause of the fire, first reported around midday Monday, was unknown.

Wood says crews were attacking the blaze with 10 air tankers and 10 to 15 fire engines, an unusually strong offensive because of the fire's proximity to Bisbee.

About 60 firefighters were battling the blaze.

A stretch of state Route 80 was closed temporarily but is now open.

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