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Multiple wildfires are burning across Arizona; evacuations ordered near Kearny

Kearny River Fire
(Photo via inciweb.nwcg.gov)
Crews fight the Kearny River Fire.

There are multiple wildfires burning around the state.

The Shake, Ray and Pius fires are all relatively small, but causing much concern.

Both the Shake and Ray Fires ignited along State Route 117 within 2 miles of the town of Kearny in Pinal County. Tiffany Davila with the state Department of Forestry and Fire Management says evacuations are underway.

Davila says the Ray fire remains at 51 acres. According to the department it is now 30% contained, up from 10%. The Shake Fire is estimated at 110 acres with zero percent containment.

The Pius fire, which is 1,300 acres and zero percent contained, is burning north of Bear Canyon Lake in Coconino County. Steve Johnson with the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests says it’s encroaching on power lines that supply the Phoenix area.

“The fire’s expected to continue to move to the south and possibly the southeast. But our resources are looking to establish any kind of anchor points that they can. Trying to start flanking the fire, doing direct attack on the fire along the perimeter," Johnson said.

Evacuations are also underway in and around Bear Canyon Lake.

Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.