Wildfire in northwestern Arizona community leads to about 20 evacuations

WICKUP, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire has forced the evacuation of about 20 people in the Mohave County community of Wickup in northwestern Arizona, officials said Sunday.

Officials with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said the wildfire was burning 150 acres and threatening several structures as it burned through dense vegetation near Big Sandy Wash, a few miles from Wikup.

Smoke is visible along US 93 and officials say the wind-driven fire is creating multiple spot fires in the area.

Officials have ordered additional resources, including a hot-shot crew.

It’s unclear how the wildfires started, but officials with the Federal Bureau of Land Management say recent rainstorm activity and lightning have ignited at least six wildfires in the Kingman area.

Wickup is 139 miles (223 km) northwest of Phoenix.

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