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Rose Fire burning in Wickenburg shuts down US 60, forces evacuations [Video]

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MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz.The Rose Fire burning in Wickenburg forced the shutdown of US 60 in both directions in the area and some residents to evacuate on June 12.

The fire broke out Wednesday night at San Domingo Peak Trail, milepost 115. Residents who live between mileposts 114-116, the Rio Vista Hills community, are told to leave their homes because of fire danger.

Around 100 homes are being threatened by this fire, and officials say six structures have been burned.

The fire is 200 acres, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said.

Tiffany Davila with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management says residents should have an emergency bag prepared.

“We’re utilizing a lot of heavy aircraft on this fire. At one point, we had two single engine air tankers working. That retardant they put down was ineffective so we launched a very large air tanker, the VLAT, a large air tanker and we just launched …

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