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Arizona wildfire grows to 11 1/2 square miles

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    Dick Summitt, of Kachina Village in northern Arizona, leaves a community meeting on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 where authorities told residents to prepare to evacuate because of a wildfire. Hundreds of firefighters poured into the area to battle the wind-whipped blaze. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

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    The Slide Fire burns near 89 A south of Flagstaff, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Evacuations of surrounding areas took place late afternoon Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

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    This Wednesday, May 21, 2014 photo shows fires continuing to burn in Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona, Ariz., as fire crews battle the forest fire and homes are evacuated in the tourist community. The blaze burning in a canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff dramatically increased in size Wednesday, authorities warned about 3,200 residents in two communities between Sedona and Flagstaff that they need to be ready to evacuate if the fire makes another advance. (AP Photo/Vyto Starinskas,

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    The Slide Fire burns near 89 A south of Flagstaff, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Evacuations of surrounding areas took place late afternoon Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

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    A vehicle heads out of Kachina Village in northern Arizona as a wildfire sends plumes of smoke into the air Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Hundreds of firefighters poured into the area to battle the wind-whipped blaze. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

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    Plumes of smoke from a wildfire rise from Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona, Ariz., as seen from 89A near Sedona, Ariz., early Wednesday morning, May 21, 2014. About 200 firefighters and other personnel are already assigned to the 450-acre Slide Fire, including five Hotshot crews, Coconino National Forest officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Vyto Starinskas)

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    Bill Morse, the public information officer for the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team, talks about the Slide Fire burning nearby on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Kachina Village, Ariz. The fire, which has burned approximately 4,800 acres, is 3 to 3 1/2 miles away from the residential areas of Forest Highlands and Kachina Village, where the 3,200 residents remain under pre-evacuation warnings. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    The Slide Fire burns near 89 A south of Flagstaff, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Evacuations of surrounding areas took place late afternoon Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

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    Ken Patrick, of Kachina Village in northern Arizona, takes a break from packing while smoke from a wildfire hovers overhead. Hundreds of firefighters poured into the area on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, to battle the wind-whipped blaze. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

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    Dennis Gill with the Coconino County search and rescue team tags homes in Kachina Village, Ariz., where residents were warned on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, that they might have to evacuate because of a wildfire. Hundreds of firefighters poured into northern Arizona to battle the wind-whipped blaze. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

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    Black Timber Engine 52 firefighters work to contain the Slide Fire north of Oak Creek Overlook in Flagstaff, Ariz., Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Schennum)

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KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. — A wind-whipped wildfire in a scenic northern Arizona canyon has grown to more than 11 1/2 square miles, but authorities say firefighters are starting to get the upper hand.

Hundreds of firefighters worked today to protect communities on the edge of Flagstaff from the human-caused Slide Fire.

It started Tuesday around Oak Creek Canyon, a scenic recreation area along a highway between Sedona and Flagstaff that normally would be teeming with tourists as the Memorial Day weekend approaches.

There are no reports so far of injuries or structures burned.

Fire incident commander Tony Sciacca says some containment is expected by Friday morning.

However, some 3,200 residents of Forest Highlands and Katina Village remain under pre-evacuation warnings.

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