Wildfire in northern Arizona forces evacuations

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Associated Press

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 10:32 PM

OAK CREEK CANYON, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire near Slide Rock State Park in northern Arizona's Oak Creek Canyon has grown to 450 acres, forcing the evacuations of some businesses and homes in a two-mile stretch north of the area.

The fire was reported about 4 p.m. Tuesday. Its cause isn't yet known.

Two Hotshot crews, four engines, two helicopters and Sedona firefighters are battling the fire, but Forest Service officials say containment is at zero,

Evacuations have been ordered at West Fork, Pine Flat, Halfway, Cave Springs and other campgrounds and day use areas in the upper canyon. Some inns, resorts and other businesses also have been ordered to evacuate by Coconino County authorities.

Arizona officials are worried that the 2014 wildfire season could devastating amid a drought that has left the state with dangerously dry conditions.

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