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UPDATE: 14,000-acre Arizona wildfire being contained


FLAGSTAFF (WKOW) -- About 1,000 Arizonans ordered to evacuate their homes for a 14,000-acre wildfire should find out today whether they can go back home.

Although the fire's area has spread, officials are confident crews are gaining control. Authorities called it 20 percent contained late Tuesday afternoon.

One official says the blaze will likely continue for at least another two weeks.

Authorities say an abandoned campfire started the fire. A ban on campfires goes into effect today in three Arizona forests.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (WKOW) -- The incident commander for the Arizona wildfires says crews will fly over the biggest blaze today to get a better idea of its perimeter and spot fires.

The fire began over the weekend, northeast of Flagstaff. It has now spread to more than 10,000 acres. Authorities say the blaze was 10 percent contained Monday night.

Residents of about 750 homes remain evacuated. So far, no structures have burned.

Fire officials say the combination of high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds have challenged firefighters on the ground and in the air.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (WKOW) -- Strong winds that fueled a fast-spreading wildfire near Flagstaff are expected to continue today.

It is the third wildfire area firefighters have battled in the last few days. Authorities say at least one was caused by abandoned hot coals at a campsite.

Nearly 300 firefighters worked through the night, dropping fire suppression chemicals from helicopters and air tankers. A federal management team is sending more resources to the region today. The fire has burned at least 3,000 acres.

The fires have prompted several evacuations. Hundreds of residents north of Flagstaff were asked to evacuate Sunday when flames came within 500 yards of their homes. No buildings were burned.

Authorities say two active searches are underway for missing hikers in the region.

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