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Smoke from the Slide Fire as seen from the Verde Valley. VVN/Jon Pelletier

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Update 3 p.m.: Slide firefighters battle smoke, gusty winds

With winds gusting over 30 mph, the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon has eaten approximately 1,000 acres and is expected to grow to 2,000 acres tonight as it continues to move north.The fire is particularly active on the north end of Sterling Canyon. It has reached Pumphouse Wash, threatening Kachina Village on the outskirts of Flagstaff.


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