Arizona wildfire grows to 11 1/2 square miles

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Associated Press

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 11:04 PM

KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. (AP) — A wind-whipped wildfire in a scenic northern Arizona canyon has grown to more than 11 1/2 square miles, but authorities say firefighters are starting to get the upper hand.

Hundreds of firefighters worked Thursday to protect communities on the edge of Flagstaff from the human-caused Slide Fire.

It started Tuesday around Oak Creek Canyon, a scenic recreation area along a highway between Sedona and Flagstaff that normally would be teeming with tourists as the Memorial Day weekend approaches.

There are no reports so far of injuries or structures burned.

Fire incident commander Tony Sciacca says some containment is expected by Friday morning.

However, some 3,200 residents of Forest Highlands and Katina Village remain under pre-evacuation warnings.

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