May 20, 2007 in Nation/World

Progress being made on fires around U.S.

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review
 

PAYSON, Ariz. – A wildfire that had threatened homes and other structures in two northern Arizona forests was 80 percent contained Saturday and evacuees were being told they could return home this morning.

Officials projected full containment of the 6-square-mile Promontory fire by Tuesday.

Elsewhere, rain helped firefighters fight a blaze that burned 27 square miles of forest in the dry southern New Jersey Pinelands. At the height of the fire, 6,000 people were evacuated and a handful of homes were damaged or destroyed.

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service had the fire 90 percent contained Saturday.

Firefighters were making progress battling a wildfire along the Georgia-Florida border, which was 70 percent contained Friday, officials said. More than 700 homes in Florida were evacuated earlier in the week.


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