Water drops help ground crews battling eastern Arizona fire
HEBER, Ariz. (AP) — Ground crews helped by water drops from aircraft are attacking hot spots and trying to contain a wildfire that has shut down an eastern Arizona highway that funnels traffic to and from Interstate 40.
The fire 5 miles (8 kilometers) northeast of Heber has burned 8 square miles of brush and low pine was 20 percent contained Wednesday.
State Route 377 remained closed between Holbrook and State Route 277, which was reopened Tuesday.
Near-critical fire weather condition were expected Wednesday, with warm dry weather and gusts up to 25 mph. (40 kph)