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Evacuations lifted as Wyrick Fire burns near Heber

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Wyrick Fire
Posted at 11:55 AM, Jun 21, 2021

HEBER, AZ — Multiple fires are burning in northern Arizona and some communities are under evacuation orders.

As of Sunday, the fire is 7,592 acres in size and is 76% contained.

Fire officials said Saturday that evacuation orders for Antelope Valley, Despain Ranch and areas north of State Route 260 and northwest of State Route 277 have been moved to SET status.

The following areas remain in SET status due to the fire: Heber-Overgaard and Chevron Retreat.

Antelope Valley is located between Heber and Holbrook off State Route 377.

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WILDFIRES WITH EVACUATIONS

RAFAEL FIRE: 78,750 acres, 89% containment
Evacuations: GO: in Coconino County, Sycamore Canyon. SET: in Yavapai County, Loy Ranch. READY: in Coconino County, Garland Prairie South and Garland Prairie North, South of Williams, Sherwood Forest, Camp Navajo, West of I-17 south of 1-40, Westwood Estates, Flagstaff Ranch (including W.L. Gore), Mountain Dell, Pine Del, Forest Highlands, Kachina Village, University Heights, Equestrian Estates, Upper Oak Creek Canyon, West Fork, Lower Oak Creek Canyon, and in Yavapai County, Grey Ranch, Windmill Ranch, Bear Mountain, and Sedona.

BACKBONE FIRE: 40,826 acres, 43% containment
Cause: Lightning
Evacuations: SET: Strawberry, Hunt Ranch, Pine

WYRICK FIRE: 7,592 acres, 76% containment
Cause: Lightning
Evacuations: SET: Antelope Valley, Despain Ranch, Heber-Overgaard, Chevelon Retreat, areas north of State Route 260 and northwest of State Route 277

TELEGRAPH FIRE: 180,725 acres, 89% containment
Evacuations: GO: Dripping Springs, Wind Spirit, Hagen Ranch, Slash S Ranch, Government Springs. READY: El Capitan East and West, Six Shooter, Icehouse Canyons, Superior, Globe, Miami, Claypool, Central Heights, Pinto/Carlotta, Skill Center, Fairgrounds, Schulze Ranch, Ray Mine, Top-of-the-World, Bellevue, Oak Flat, Beverly Hills, Riverside, Kearny, Winkelman, Hayden, Battle Axe area.

PINNACLE FIRE: 34,417 acres, 60% containment
Evacuations: None
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The Wyrick Fire is burning northeast of the Backbone Fire, which is burning near Payson, and southeast of the Rafael Fire, which is burning near Sedona.

Fire officials say the Wyrick Fire was caused by lightning on Saturday, June 19.

Fire officials said the blaze was "exhibiting extreme fire behavior" and spreading in all directions. Officials also said energy infrastructure in the area is threatened due to the fire.