Wildfire in northern Arizona grows significantly

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Associated Press

Posted on May 25, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Updated Sunday, May 25 at 3:05 AM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say they expect to lift a pre-evacuation warning for residents of two communities threatened by a wildfire that's burning in rugged terrain in a northern Arizona canyon.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office says in a statement Saturday they expect to lift the warning on Monday for people living in the Kachina Village and Forest Highlands subdivisions.

The warning was issued on Wednesday. Firefighters have since made progress on burnout operations on the northern flank of the fire and are encouraged by the weather forecast for the next few days.

Mandatory evacuations will likely remain in place in Oak Creek Canyon from Slide Rock State Park to Sterling Springs Hatchery.

The fire has been burning around Oak Creek Canyon, a scenic recreation area along the highway between Sedona and Flagstaff. No homes have been destroyed. The fire is 5 percent contained.

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