Wildfire Scorches Scenic Arizona Canyon


UPDATED: Thursday May 22, 2014 11:41 PM

Hundreds of firefighters are working to protect communities on the edge of Flagstaff, Arizona, from a wildfire that is chewing up a scenic canyon.
    
The so-called Slide Fire started Tuesday and has burned 7 1/2 square miles in and around Oak Creek Canyon, a scenic recreation area along the highway between Sedona and Flagstaff.  Fire incident commander Tony Sciacca said the fire was 3 to 3 1/2 miles away from the residential areas of Forest Highlands and Katina Village. Some 3,200 residents remained under pre-evacuation warnings.
    
Higher humidity and a chance of rain by Friday may help firefighters.
    
Firefighters had no containment on the blaze but said Thursday that it only grew a couple hundred acres overnight. There were no reports so far of injuries or structures burned.

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