Cooler, calmer weather aids Arizona firefighters

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Associated Press

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 7:07 PM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Firefighters are taking advantage of cooler, calmer weather to get an upper hand on a blaze burning in a scenic Arizona canyon.

Hotshot crews set fires to rob the wildfire of fuel and keep it from crossing the main road in Oak Creek Canyon on Friday.

Helicopters dropped explosive chemicals in the steepest parts of the canyon that firefighters can't reach. Crews were also busy widening a line to keep the fire from burning toward residential areas.

The fire started Tuesday and by Friday had burned more than 11 1/2 square miles in the canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff. It would normally be filled with tourists as Memorial Day approaches.

Weather conditions for the fire over the next several days look favorable, with increased humidity and a chance of rain.

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