Slide Fire In Arizona Grows To More Than 4500 Acres


By KMVT News

Flagstaff, Arizona (CNN) Hundreds of firefighters are trying to get a handle on a wildfire that's been burning for two days near Flagstaff, Arizona.

As of Thursday morning, the fire had burned more than 4500 acres in Oak Creek Canyon.

Firefighters say they've made some headway but still have a tough job on their hands.

"There was some great fuels treatment by the Coconino National Forest that gave us a place to put our back against it. They fired out a mile and a half and two miles of that road. They tied that burning operations down into '89 to the top of the switchbacks. So for the short term, that northeast corner where that fire was pushing all day yesterday was kind of in check. That does not mean that we're out of the woods by any way shape or form. It means we have a place to now start anchoring and tie all of the pieces of the puzzle together," explains Tony Sciacca, Incident Commander.

Thousands of residents in Coconino County have been given pre-evacuation notices.

The U.S. Forest Service says the fire was likely caused by a person, but no exact cause has been given.

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