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150-acre forest fire burning in northern Arizona

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PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) — Crews are making progress against a forest fire burning in eastern Arizona that was started by an illegal campfire.

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest officials say the fire was reported Wednesday morning near Woods Canyon Lake. The location is about 30 miles east of Payson and about 20 miles west of Heber-Overgaard.

Containment of the fire as of Thursday was at 40 percent.

It had been reported Wednesday that the fire had grown to 150 acres, but it was estimated size was reduced to 88 acres as of Thursday.

Authorities say no structures are threatened, but several campers had to be evacuated from the area. No injuries have been reported.

Several firefighting crews, a tanker airplane and two helicopters assigned to the fire, with the helicopters dipping water from the lake.

THIS IS A STORY UPDATE. For an earlier AP story, read below.

KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters and other personnel are battling a northern Arizona wildfire, trying to keep it away from communities south of Flagstaff.

The human-caused Slide Fire has burned 7.5 square miles in and around Oak Creek Canyon, a scenic recreation area along a highway between Sedona and Flagstaff.

Fire management team spokesman Dick Fleischman says a primary focus of firefighting efforts Thursday will be to pinch off the fire where it has reached the top of the canyon's northeast corner to keep it from burning into the Flagstaff area.

Authorities on Wednesday warned about 3,200 residents in two areas south of Flagstaff that they need to be ready to evacuate if the fire makes another advance.

The firefighting operation now totals 500 people.

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