KEARNY, AZ - Residents of a trailer park have been evacuated as firefighters battle a wildfire in the small town of Kearny.
Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tim Gaffney said his office received numerous calls from residents who reported that a lightning strike sparked the fire around 5:15 p.m. near the San Pedro River.
A Kearny police spokesperson said the flames, burning on State Route 177 at milepost 144, have already forced 50 residents in the Stephens Trailer Park from their homes. Officials say there is a plan to evacuate the entire town if necessary.
There are 6 engines, 1 water tender, and air support have been working the fire. A Type II fire crew has been ordered to help gain control of the blaze.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Ray Elementary School in Kearny. Anyone evacuated from their homes due to the fire can go to the shelter, where cots, bedding, food, water and nursing care are available. On Monday night the reported about 25 people saying at the high school.
The Red Cross will be providing water and meals to the evacuees on Tuesday.
According to the Arizona Emergency Information Network, six engines, heavy air tankers and a dozer are battling the 300-acre fire.
Officials say at least one home has been lost and the fire is threatening the local airport.