Jun 21, 2011 3:11 PM

Evacuation ordered for planned control burn near Ramsey Canyon

HEREFORD - Due to a planned controlled burn this evening, a mandatory evacuation has been ordered for the area west of Highway 92, between Ramsey Canyon Rd. and Kachina Rd.

"This evacuation order is being taken as a precaution for the continuation of burning operations south across Ramsey Canyon and around a number of individual homes this evening," states the evacuation order. "This operation will remove fuel between the fire and your neighborhood as well as greatly reduce the chance of the fire spreading to the east if it should come out of Carr Canyon. Flames and smoke may be visible, but firefighters are controlling this burn under favorable conditions for success."

In a press conference this morning, Sheriff Larry Dever clarified whatt "mandatory evacuation" means:

"Please note, with mandatory evacuation, if you decide to stay, you deciede to stay," he said. "We're not going to drag you out of your house."

Those in the evacuation area should expect heavy smoke and low air quality, which is the reason for this evacuation order.

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