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State: Wildfire chars nearly 10K acres near Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK - A lightning-caused wildfire now is 60 percent contained after charring nearly 10,000 acres in northern Arizona including land on the Grand Canyon's South Rim.

The New Water Fire began about 5 p.m. Wednesday after a lightning strike on private land six miles east of Meadview.

The blaze is fueled mainly by grass, brush and pinyon juniper. It's burning land managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management and the Arizona Division of Forestry.

The fire was estimated at 9,800 acres on Saturday night.

National Park officials say five hot shot crews, three helicopters and two small air tankers were working Sunday to contain the fire.

They believe the blaze can be fully contained by Monday.


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