Wildfire Threatening Structures in Dudleyville (AZ)

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DUDLEYVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire threatening multiple structures has forced some evacuations in the small Pinal County town of Dudleyville, authorities said Thursday.

There’s no immediate word on how the fire started.

County Sheriff’s officials said some residents were told to evacuate while others have been put on stand-by alert.

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management officials said the wildfire is burning thick tamarisk in the river bottom.

They said air tankers are headed to the site with more firefighters with ground resources also on the way.

Dudleyville is a census-designated place with a population of about 1,000 located off Highway 77 about 60 miles north of Tucson.

The mining town was the site of a July 2017 wildfire that charred almost 1,200 acres and destroyed several structures, including homes.

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