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Human-caused wildfire near Superior remains zero % contained

June 13, 2019

SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) — Fanned by strong winds and high temperatures, a human-caused wildfire in east-central Arizona continues to grow and remains uncontained.

Incident managers say the fire has burned nearly 16 square miles (41 square kilometers) of grass and brush in rugged terrain of the Tonto National Forest, up from Wednesday’s 14.5 square miles (37.5 square kilometers).

They say it wasn’t as windy as expected Thursday, but the fire likely grew in size.

The current acreage won’t be known until infra-red readings can be done by flyovers.

That information should be released early Friday.

The wildfire is about 11 miles (18 kilometers) northeast of Gold Canyon southeast of metro Phoenix.

Authorities say no communities or cities are threatened at this time and about 450 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire.

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