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Updated Jul 1, 2012 - 10:08 am

87 opened after close call with Canyon fire

The 87 Highway is now open after the Canyon Fire had it closed most of Saturday and Sunday morning in the Coconino National Forest. The fire has now reached 5,000 acres.

Authorities from the Coconino National Forest are reporting that Highway 87 was shut down most of Saturday from just northeast of Pine Strawberry to Winslow, and was reopened Sunday around 10 a.m.

The fire is located approximately 15 miles northeast of the Blue Ridge Reservoir in the Jacks Canyon area.

The fire is expected to grow to the north east, where there is very little foliage for it to spread. Around 120 personnel are working to keep the fire from spreading to the south, where it would threaten homes.

No structures are threatened as of now by the Canyon Fire, which was reported just after 7 a.m. Friday.

Authorities believe the fire was started by lightning.

No residents have been asked to evacuate the area.


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