The fire that broke out in the Prescott National Forest Arizona near the mining town of Crown King has assumed enormous proportions and is presently three times the original fire. This is based on a report in foxnews dated 17th of May 2012.
The fire is believed to be manmade fire and not a forest fire as such and it has engulfed an area of about 5,400 acres, or nearly 8 1/2 square miles - it was 2,000 acres on the previous day.
It seems strong winds have fanned the flames and allowed it to spread – the 350 residents of Crown King have already been evacuated to safer places.
The winds are pushing the flames away from the summer homes located 85 miles north of Phoenix but, in case the wind direction changes, there could be more trouble.
Arizona has already issued warnings that hot temperatures coupled with an abundance of dry vegetation have given rise to a great fire risk in some parts of the state.