Wyrick Fire burning near Heber forces evacuations

HEBER, AZ — Multiple fires are burning in northern Arizona and some communities are under evacuation orders.

Navajo County officials said Monday morning that due to the Wyrick Fire, Antelope Valley residents are under “GO” evacuation orders. Antelope Valley is located between Heber and Holbrook off State Route 377.

A shelter will be set up at Holbrook High School, and a large animal/pet shelter will be set up at the Navajo County Fairgrounds.

The Wyrick Fire is burning northeast of the Backbone Fire, which is burning near Payson, and southeast of the Rafael Fire, which is burning near Sedona.

Fire officials say the Wyrick Fire was caused by lightning on Saturday, June 19.

As of Monday morning, it is 3,000 acres. Fire officials said the blaze was “exhibiting extreme fire behavior” and spreading in all directions. Officials also said energy infrastructure in the area is threatened due to the fire.


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