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Fight against Arizona fire moves to NM border

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Firefighter Justin Needles, front right, of the Red Rock Interagency Crew out of Moab, Utah, and other firefighters walk towards an area to fight the Wallow Fire in Luna, , N.M. on Friday, June 10, 2011. Firefighter Justin Needles, front right, of the Red Rock Interagency Crew out of Moab, Utah, and other firefighters walk towards an area to fight the Wallow Fire in Luna, , N.M. on Friday, June 10, 2011.

LUNA, N.M. (AP) — Crews who've been battling a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona for two weeks have shifted their focus to New Mexico.

Crews are lighting fires to stop the advance of a flare-up that was skipping along the treetops along the border toward the New Mexico town of Luna.

Hundreds of firefighters were working alongside U.S. Highway 180 between Luna and the state line, furiously hacking down brush and using chain saws to cut down trees.

Catron County Undersheriff Ian Fletcher said he had not yet ordered the 200 or so residents of Luna to leave.

The fire had grown to 706 square miles by Monday morning, or more than 452,000 acres, and was just 10 percent contained. But firefighters have been sounding increasingly confident at their daily briefings that their efforts were paying off.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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