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Water drops help ground crews battling eastern Arizona fire

June 6, 2018

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)

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