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2:39 AM Fri, Dec. 14th

Crews mop up after Flagstaff wildfire

FLAGSTAFF - Firefighters are working on some hot spots remaining from a wildfire burning north of Flagstaff that has scorched more than 23 square miles of forest.

Fire activity is low in most areas, but officials said Sunday there is a lot of heat in the fire's southwest-central portion. The fire broke out last Sunday and forced about 1,000 residents to flee for three days.

Crews also are shoring up lines around the fire, removing burned trees that may fall and rehabilitating bulldozer lines that were cut to stop the flames.

The fire is 55 percent contained. It has consumed 15,075 acres of forest, mainly ponderosa pine and some aspen.

The blaze was started north of Flagstaff by an abandoned campfire and authorities are still seeking the person responsible.