Winds Challenge Crews Battling AZ, NM Wildfires

PHOENIX (AP) - About 1,700 more homes were evacuated in southern Arizona Sunday as crews battling a wildfire faced extremely high winds that drove flames across containment lines and toward populated areas.

The evacuations are several miles south of the city of Sierra Vista where the so-called Monument fire has been burning for days but picked up speed Sunday due winds gusts of up to 60 mph.

Cochise County sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas says tells The Associated Press that over the past few days, the blaze has forced about 10,000 people from 4,300 homes to flee to safer

There have been no serious injuries but 44 homes have been destroyed. Capas says more homes were destroyed Sunday, but officials still don't have an exact count.