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First containment reported for Arizona wildfire

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  • Tourists watch the Slide Fire from a scenic overlook as it burns up Oak Creek Canyon nearby on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Sedona, Ariz. The fire has burned approximately 4,800 acres and is zero percent contained.

      Tourists watch the Slide Fire from a scenic overlook as it burns up Oak Creek Canyon nearby on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Sedona, Ariz. The fire has burned approximately 4,800 acres and is zero percent contained.
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  • A firefighting helicopter drops water on a forest fire in Oak Creak Canyon in Sedona, Ariz., on Thursday May 22, 2014. The human-caused Slide Fire started Tuesday and has burned more than 11 1/2 square miles in and 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.

      A firefighting helicopter drops water on a forest fire in Oak Creak Canyon in Sedona, Ariz., on Thursday May 22, 2014. The human-caused Slide Fire started Tuesday and has burned more than 11 1/2 square miles in and 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.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. -- Firefighters are making progress in keeping a wildfire burning in a scenic Arizona canyon south of Flagstaff in check, even as the flames spread.

Fire managers say the Slide Fire has burned more than 11 1/2 square miles in and around Oak Creek Canyon. That estimate released Thursday night is up from 7 1/2 square miles earlier in the day.

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Fire managers say the human-caused fire is now 5 percent contained.

The fire still was 3 to 3 1/2 miles away from the residential areas of Forest Highlands and Katina Village, where 3,200 residents remain under pre-evacuation warnings.

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