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3,200 told to be ready to flee wildfire

Crews rush to Arizona to beat back flames; holiday burned out in tourist areas

Posted: May 22, 2014 at 5:54 a.m.

Coconino National Forest Battalion Chief Preston Mercer (left) and fire information officer Bill Morse survey a fire Wednesday in Oak Creek Canyon, Ariz., as crews face off with a raging blaze.

Hundreds of firefighters poured into Arizona on Wednesday to battle a wind-whipped wildfire in a canyon near Sedona that sent up choking plumes of smoke and scuttled Memorial Day weekend plans in the popular hiking and camping area.

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