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10:44 PM Thu, Sept. 20th

Firefighters battling wildfire south of Flagstaff

Padraig Houlahan/Courtesy photo<br>
Hillside hotspots light up the forest near Flagstaff on Friday evening.

Padraig Houlahan/Courtesy photo<br> Hillside hotspots light up the forest near Flagstaff on Friday evening.

UPDATE, 3 p.m. Saturday:

FLAGSTAFF (AP) - Firefighters have gained considerable control of a wildfire burning south of Flagstaff near the Canyon Vista Campground.

Coconino National Forest spokeswoman Heather Noel says crews had the 175-acre Fisher Fire about 50 percent contained Saturday afternoon.

Noel says firefighters are now searching for hotspots to put out and securing lines around the fires perimeter.

No structures are threatened and no evacuations will be necessary.

More than 100 crew members have been battling the fire since it began Friday around 3 p.m. near the Fisher Canyon area.

The cause is still under investigation.

She says anyone doing recreational activities should check for any trail or road closures.

Forest Service officials say the fire is in the same area of a wildfire from last year.

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FLAGSTAFF - Firefighters are battling a wind-driven wildfire south of Flagstaff that's already charred an estimated 100 acres near the Canyon Vista Campground.

It stands as the largest wildfire of the year, and officials expect to hold it at 150 acres - though Friday night it was at zero percent containment.

Coconino National Forest officials say no structures are threatened, there are no evacuations and the fire is burning away from the city.

U.S. Forest Service officials say three engines responded to the so-called Fisher Fire at about 3 p.m. Friday and a Flagstaff hotshot crew also is on the scene near the Fisher Canyon area.

Backup crews are en route and a helicopter also been requested to fight the fire about six miles southeast of Flagstaff.

The cause of the wildfire is under investigation.

Forest Service officials say the fire is burning in timber on slopes and is in the same area of a wildfire from last year.