Highline Fire: Evacuation orders for nearby communities

Officials tell residents to evacuate and once people leave, they will not be allowed to return until it is deemed safe.

Authorities monitoring the Highline Fire issued an evacuation order for two communities Thursday night via a Facebook post.

As of 7:30 p.m. Thurday, La Cienega and Ellison Creek Estates are under evacuation orders. The fire is about a mile upslope of La Cienega, authorities said.

The sheriff's office cited rapid fire movement toward the community. Authorities are concerned the fire may reach these communities during the night because of expected overnight winds.

The fire has burned 4,258 acres and is 35 percent contained. More than 1,000 crews are fighting the fire.

Public safety personnel will be going door to door, telling people to get out, but residents should not wait for them to come knocking. Instead, leave as soon as you can get your possessions in order.

The sheriff's office said evacuees should remember the 5 P's of evacuation: people and pets (and other livestock), papers (important documents), prescriptions (medications, eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.), pictures (and other irreplaceable memories) and personal computer (including information on disks or hard drives).

When residents leave, they will NOT be allowed back in until authorities clear the area.


Payson High School has been designated as a Red Cross shelter. It's located at 301 S. McLane Road in Payson.

All animals are welcome at the Gila County Fairgrounds Event Center at 900 E Fairgrounds Road in Globe.

Another community meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the LDS church in Christopher Creek (546 W. Ashby Apple Drive in Payson). It'll also be streamed on Facebook Live.

For more information, head to the Highline Fire Info Facebook page.

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