Six homes were evacuated Saturday in a northwest Arizona community after winds pushed a section of an 8,600-acre wildfire to within a quarter mile of the houses.

Crews have reduced the threat to the homes in the Golden Valley community, about 15 miles west of Kingman, and were trying to bolster a protection line between the fire and the subdivision, said Wendell Peacock, a spokesman for the team battling the blaze.

"It wasn't like a wall of fire coming to the subdivision," Peacock said. "It was like a finger of the fire came out to (a far end) of the subdivision."

No other homes or buildings were threatened by the fire, which began on Wednesday and Thursday when lightning storms moved through northwestern Arizona.

The evacuees were expected to be allowed to return Saturday night.