Canyon Fire is mostly smoldering

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Canyon Fire on July 1 By Jennifer Thomas Canyon Fire on July 1 By Jennifer Thomas

COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. -- The Canyon Fire in the Coconino National Forest is mostly smoldering and higher humidity has lowered the potential for growth, officials said Friday.

The lightning-caused fire was more than 75 percent contained as of 9 a.m.

The fire started June 29 and has burned 7,620 acres. It originated approximately 15 miles north/northeast of Blue Ridge Reservoir in the Jacks Canyon area near Highway 87.

Many resources have demobilized and approximately 15 firefighters are actively patrolling the perimeters and extinguishing hot spots.

Estimated firefighting costs to date have reached approximately $575,000.