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The Latest: Crews battling fire moving away from structures

July 20, 2019

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on Arizona wildfires (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

Crews aided by air tankers are battling a wildfire that is moving away from structures on the far northern outskirts of metro Phoenix.

Arizona State Forestry said the fire started Saturday on the Tonto National Forest, was about 3 miles (5 kilometers) east of New Rive, moving north and had burned 250 acres (1 square kilometer) of grass and brush.

The agency said no evacuations had been ordered and that there wasn’t an impact on Interstate 17, which passes through New River.

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3:25 p.m.

Crews aided by air tankers are battling a wildfire on the far northern outskirts of metro Phoenix.

Arizona State Forestry said the fire started Saturday on the Tonto National Forest, was about 3 miles (5 kilometers) east of New Rive, moving north had burned 150 acres (0.6 square kilometer).

The agency said no evacuations had been ordered and that there wasn’t an impact on Interstate 17, which passes through New River.

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10:35 a.m.

More firefighters are being assigned to a wildfire in the Prescott National Forest and progress is reported in efforts to keep it spreading, with fire managers on Saturday saying crews have cleared containment lines around 18 percent of the fire’s perimeter.

The fire has burned nearly 12 square miles (30 square kilometers) of grass, brush and trees since lightning started it July 14 about 16 miles (26 kilometers) south of Prescott.

The number of firefighters and other personnel assigned to the fire rose to nearly 600 as of Saturday, backed up by bulldozers and fire engines.

Yavapai County officials on Thursday ordered the evacuation of the hamlet of Pine Flat and also have warned residents of Crown King and several other area to be prepared to evacuate if need be.

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