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Updated Jun 14, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Crew on scene of fire in Coconino National Forest

HAPPY JACK, Ariz. — Coconino National Forest officials say an 800-acre wildfire in northern Arizona is burning toward a highway and has forced a rock-climbing area to be evacuated.

Spokeswoman Heather Noel says no structures are threatened by the growing Jack Fire that was reported around 11:40 a.m. Saturday.

The fire is burning about 13 miles northeast of Happy Jack in a canyon near State Route 87. The rock-climbing area in Jack’s Canyon was evacuated and closed.

Noel says firefighters put a line around the right flank of the fire. Aircraft dropped retardant on the left side, and crews are trying to set up a line. About 90 firefighters will work into the night ahead of 24 mph winds expected Sunday morning.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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