Jun 19, 2013 4:31 PM by Associated Press
PRESCOTT - A wind-whipped wildfire has grown to an estimated 5,000 acres in northern Arizona and burned to within 400 yards of some homes west of Prescott.
The forecast called for hot and windy conditions over the next few days, prompting concern that the fire that raced up Granite Mountain would race down the opposite side and approach homes in the valley.
Authorities say hundreds of homes and hundreds of people have been evacuated Tuesday evening by the so-called Doce (doe-see) fire but exact numbers weren't available.
They say the fire is human-caused and under investigation. The region was under a red flag warning Tuesday because of high winds and low humidity.
The fire began shortly before noon Tuesday near the Doce Pit about eight miles northwest of Prescott.
Wind gusts of up to 22 mph pushed the fire from 20 acres to about 200 acres within an hour.
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