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Boulder View Fire, Arizona: Residents in parts of Arizona’s most populous county asked to evacuate as a wildfire threatens homes

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An aerial tanker dropped slurry on parts of the Boulder View Fire north of Scottsdale, Arizona, on Friday.


Residents in some parts of Maricopa County, Arizona's most populous county and home to the state capital, Phoenix, have been asked to evacuate because the Boulder View Fire is threatening properties.

Evacuation Order The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management announced the order went into effect Thursday night for residents along the southeast side of the fire. Social Media PostsAbout 50 structures are at risk, U.S. Forest Service officials said. Insiweb Alarm system. About 4.5 million I live in the county.

“Definitely, there's a little bit of panic right away,” the Scottsdale woman said. CNN affiliate KPNX“We made plans. We had a plan. We have a lot of friends in the area who have trucks and trailers that are ready to go when we leave.”

The woman and other residents were able to safely evacuate to another property in north Scottsdale where they keep a mare, pigs, goats and cats. From their safety, they said they were “nervous” as they saw “orange flames rising north of the houses.”

The fire, which began Thursday, has burned 3,200 acres due to wind and hot, dry weather and is 0% contained, the latest report said. Insiweb The warning was issued on Friday morning. Overnight, flames reached heights of 20 to 40 feet in some areas, the warning said.

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Smoke rises from the Boulder View Fire north of Scottsdale, Arizona, on Friday as the flames reach the top of a hill.

The fires are burning as the country faces tougher conditions than they have faced over the summer. Extreme heat It's the deadliest weather event on Earth, making wildfires more likely and more destructive, and it's only going to get hotter as fossil fuel pollution warms the planet. More frequently And intense.

Evacuation preparation area expansion Friday morning, the fire Moved further eastaccording to the Maricopa County Emergency Management Agency and the InciWeb alert system.

The area southeast of the fire from Dove Valley Road to the Tonto National Forest boundary. Remaining An evacuation order has been issued.

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An extremely high fire danger sign stands in front of the Boulder View Fire north of Scottsdale, Arizona, on Friday.

“We've evacuated the horses and we're planning on bringing in some more and will do so all night if necessary,” resident Chris Hull said. CNN affiliate KNXV He was fueling up his truck to transport more livestock. “I'll do anything.”

The Maricopa County fire intensified late Thursday, leading authorities to move crews to the southeast side of the fire to protect structures. Officials said the wildfire also poses a threat to “high voltage power lines and the Sonoran Desert.” Insiweb.

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“The fire is burning grass and shrubs and has spread from private property into Tonto National Forest,” officials said, adding that about 180 personnel are responding to the blaze.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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