Firefighters Work to Control Arizona Wildfires

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Firefighters are continuing to battle several Arizona wildfires that have burned nearly 6,000 acres and forced some communities into mandatory evacuations.

The man-made fire started May 13 on private land next to the Prescott National Forest in the Bradshaw Mountains north of Phoenix.

Prescott National Forest spokeswoman Debbie Maneely said two buildings and a trailer have been destroyed in the town of Crown King.

Ray Calderone was one of the residents forced to evacuate.

"I can't say enough about the people that are coming up to help us," he said. "it's just unreal. I mean, total strangers, not knowing anybody up here and just coming up and saying, 'We'll take care of your town, you guys just go.'"

State land managers warned that hot temperatures and dry vegetation are creating a high fire risk.

This has officials worried about the 2012 wildfire season. The National Interagency Fire Center predicts the fire risk will be above normal for several western states.

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