/ Modified jun 6, 2021 9:49 p.m.

Arizona wildfires force more evacuations, highway closures

About 150 firefighters are battling the blaze that has been burning out of control across 53 square miles

Prescribed burn The Bureau of Land Management used prescribed burns across many of its properties for habitat improvement and to reduce the risk of severe wildfires.
Courtesy BLM

Authorities have ordered additional evacuations and closed several stretches of highways in south-central Arizona as hundreds of firefighters battle two wildfires that are growing in gusty winds and temperatures approaching 100 east of Phoenix.

Evacuations were ordered Sunday for the Top-of-The-World area along U.S. Highway 60 about 10 miles northeast of Superior.

The highway was closed from Superior to Miami, along with State Route 177 from Superior to Winkelman and State Route 77 from Winkelman to Globe.

About 150 firefighters were battling the blaze that has been burning out of control across 53 square miles of mostly shrub and grass since it broke out Friday

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