By Daily Sun Staff
Arizona Daily Sun
Thursday, June 15, 2006 3:26 PM CDT
Firefighters have line around the Woody fire which burned 150 acres, caused the evacuation of hundreds of residents and threatened 300 homes, 12 businesses and 50 other structures on the western edge of Flagstaff city limits Wednesday afternoon.
Fire officials said mid-morning that firefighters got the upper hand on the wildfire Wednesday night and began mopping up Thursday morning. Evacuated residents were being escorted in by law enforcement to gather medicines and check on pets that were left behind. Officials still weren't sure when evacuated residents would be allowed back to their homes, but it could be as soon as tonight.
The human-caused fire started near Interstate 40, west of Woody Mountain Road around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Stoked by winds of nearly 40 mph out of the southwest, the fire moved quickly toward several campgrounds, mobile home parks and neighborhoods. Officials went door-to-door notifying residents, asking them to evacuate. In all, officials estimated between 500 and 750 people were evacuated. An evacuation center, which was turned into a Red Cross shelter, was set up at Flagstaff High School. Fifty-one people checked in and 24 folks spent the night there.
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