Firefighters Make Some Progress Against Massive Wildfire

KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. (May 23, 2014) Firefighters were making some progress Friday in containing a wildfire that’s burning in a scenic Arizona canyon south of Flagstaff in check, even as the flames spread.

Fire managers said the Slide Fire has burned more than 11 1/2 square miles in and around Oak Creek Canyon.

The estimate released Thursday night is up from 7 1/2 square miles earlier in the day.

Fire managers say the human-caused fire was 5 percent contained Friday and 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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