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The Latest: Mild winds, more crews help fight Arizona fire

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PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) -- Another day of mild winds and 300 added personnel gives firefighters a good chance of building a larger perimeter around a northern Arizona forest fire.

About 1,100 firefighters are now attempting to contain a fire that forced the evacuation of thousands of residents from six Prescott-area communities and an additional 1,400 children from local summer camps.

Yavapai County spokesman Robert Church said containment remained at 43 percent. Officials lifted evacuation orders in one community and reopened a section of a state highway Friday morning.

The fire has since charred almost 40 square miles (104 square kilometers), though a fire official at a community meeting Thursday night estimated 45 square miles (109 square kilometers.) Local officials guessed about four or five structures have been destroyed, but they don't know whether the structures are homes.

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