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Posted on May 29, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Updated Thursday, May 29 at 3:35 PM

Oak Creek Canyon residents return post-evacuation

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) -- More than a week after a major wildfire in a scenic northern Arizona canyon forced them to evacuate, residents and business owners are returning home.

Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Erika Wiltenmuth said Thursday the evacuation order was lifted at 1 p.m. and several people are already heading to their property.

The Slide Fire began May 20 near Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff.

Residents must show identification to sheriff's deputies at a roadblock before being allowed to enter.

Electricity is expected to be restored to all homes in the affected area by 4 p.m. Friday.

The fire has burned nearly 33 square miles so far, but containment has reached 55 percent. Cost of fighting the fire is estimated at $8 million.

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SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) -- More than a week after a major wildfire in a scenic northern Arizona canyon forced them to evacuate, residents and business owners are returning home.

Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Erika Wiltenmuth said Thursday the evacuation order was lifted at 1 p.m. and several people are already heading to their property.

The Slide Fire began May 20 near Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff.

Residents must show identification to sheriff's deputies at a roadblock before being allowed to enter.

Electricity is expected to be restored to all homes in the affected area by 4 p.m. Friday.

The fire has burned nearly 33 square miles so far, but containment has reached 55 percent. Cost of fighting the fire is estimated at $8 million.

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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