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Arizona wildfire in scenic canyon continues to grow but first containment reported

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    Tourists watch the Slide Fire from a scenic overlook as it burns up Oak Creek Canyon nearby on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Sedona, Ariz. The fire has burned approximately 4,800 acres. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (The Associated Press)

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    Smoke rises from the Slide Fire as it burns up Oak Creek Canyon on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Sedona, Ariz. The fire has burned approximately 4,800 acres. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (The Associated Press)

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    U.S. Forest Service firefighting crews work hotspots Thursday May 22, 2014 near Sedona, Ariz .The human-caused Slide Fire started Tuesday. (AP Photo/ Vyto Starinskas) (The Associated Press)

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    Graphic shows location and statistics for the Slide Wildfire in Arizona near Flagstaff; 2c x 4 1/4 inches; 96.3 mm x 107 mm; (The Associated Press)

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    Black Timber Engine 52 firefighters work to contain the Slide Fire north of Oak Creek Overlook in Flagstaff, Ariz., Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Schennum) (The Associated Press)

Firefighters are making progress in keeping a wildfire burning in a scenic Arizona canyon south of Flagstaff in check, even as the flames spread.

Fire managers say the Slide Fire has burned more than 11 1/2 square miles in and around Oak Creek Canyon. That estimate released Thursday night is up from 7 1/2 square miles earlier in the day.

Fire managers say the human-caused fire is now 5 percent contained.

The fire still was 3 to 3 1/2 miles away from the residential areas of Forest Highlands and Katina Village, where 3,200 residents remain under pre-evacuation warnings.

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