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Wildfire near Flagstaff now 75 percent contained

FLAGSTAFF - A wildfire burning four miles north of Flagstaff now is 75 percent contained after charring more than 15,000 acres.

U.S. Forest Service officials say the fire is expected to be fully contained by Friday. Nearly 600 firefighters still are battling the so-called Schultz Fire, which has burned an estimated 15,075 acres by Monday night.

The blaze was started June 20 by a campfire that was abandoned without being properly extinguished in the area of Schultz Tank, Little Elden Trail and Forest Road 420. The Forest Service is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Officials say the fire has burned more than 23 square miles of scenic northern Arizona forest and has cost more than $7.6 million to fight.