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Updated Aug 23, 2013 - 7:54 am

Wildfire near Yarnell closing in on full containment

YARNELL, Ariz. — A wildfire that has burned over a square mile of brush
and trees five miles east of the communities of Yarnell and Peeples Valley in
north-central Arizona is nearing full containment.

Fire officials said the French Gulch Fire had burned 836 acres and was 85
percent contained after ground crews and aircraft make good progress Thursday.

Officials said 75 people were assigned to the fire as of late Thursday, down
from 160.

Officials expect full containment by Friday evening.

The lightning-caused blaze started Saturday night in extremely rugged terrain
without road access for ground crews.

It’s in the same region of western Yavapai County as the deadly Yarnell Hill
fire that killed 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots on June 30.

The fire isn’t threatening any structures.

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