Wildfire near Grand Canyon calm | AspenTimes.com

Wildfire near Grand Canyon calm

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

PHOENIX ” A wildfire burning lazily on the edge of Grand Canyon National Park grew by just 30 acres Wednesday and is 60 percent contained.

Firefighters were able to hold the 2,030-acre fire behind containment lines despite wind gusts of up to 30 mph and warmer temperatures. Winds were expected to be calmer Thursday, when crews plan to put out hot spots in the blaze.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Susan Brown says the winds weren’t as bad as what they were predicting Wednesday.

The fire has burned an estimated 3.1 square miles of ponderosa pine. It’s come within a mile of the southern boundary of the Grand Canyon National Park.

The blaze was spotted just after noon Tuesday and grew rapidly. Authorities believe the fire was human-caused, and an investigation continues.

About 165 firefighters are battling the blaze.

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