6 Jun 2011

Big blaze in eastern Arizona

3:20 pm on 6 June 2011

Fire crews are fighting a massive blaze in eastern Arizona that is threatening mountain communities.

The BBC reports the blaze covers 583 square kilometres. Smoke from burning pine forests can be seen in neighbouring New Mexico and Colorado.

Residents of the resort town of Greer left on Saturday. On Sunday, the town was shrouded in smoke.

The towns of Alpine and Nutrioso were also menaced by the fire and residents who have not already left, were standing by to evacuate.

Fire crews were lighting lines of smaller controlled fires in an effort to contain the advance of the main blaze.