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Vincent Chavez, left, and his father, Cody, gather their belongings Tuesday as they prepare to evacuate their home in Springerville, Ariz. Firefighters spent the day working feverishly to prepare a defense for Springerville and nearby Eagar as a raging forest fire approached.

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Thousands ordered out of town as fire nears

Authorities have ordered about 2,000 residents of the eastern Arizona town of Eagar to evacuate as a raging forest fire approaches.

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