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Woodbury Fire near Superior has grown to 150 square miles

A map of the fire line from a human-caused wildfire burning in the Tonto National Forest, which has grown to more than 96,000 acres, or about 150 square miles. (Tonto National Forest/Courtesy)

A map of the fire line from a human-caused wildfire burning in the Tonto National Forest, which has grown to more than 96,000 acres, or about 150 square miles. (Tonto National Forest/Courtesy)

SUPERIOR — A human-caused wildfire burning for more than two weeks in a national forest east of metro Phoenix now has grown to more than 96,000 acres, or about 150 square miles.

Fire officials say the Woodbury Fire grew overnight by nearly 22 square miles from Saturday into Sunday.

That's after about a 25 square mile increase from Friday night into Saturday.

A fire spokeswoman says containment has slipped from 34% to 24% because of the acreage increases.

Authorities are hopeful the fire will stop after it runs out of fuel in burnout areas.

No homes have been damaged since the fire was spotted June 8 about 5 miles northwest of Superior, a mining town of fewer than 3,000 residents located 60 miles east of Phoenix.

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