Wildfire near Tusayan has nearly run its course

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Belknap Fire By Jennifer Thomas Belknap Fire By Jennifer Thomas

TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) -- Kaibab National Forest officials say a lightning-started wildfire that has burned four square miles of woodland about a dozen miles east of Tusayan has about run its course.

The Belknap Fire started naturally and fire crews have let it burn and also started ignitions in some areas to promote forest health and reduce the threat of future high-severity fires.

Deputy fire staff officer Holly Kleindienst says the Coconino Rim is one of the few areas in the forest's Tusayan District where there hasn't been widespread fire in many years.

A temporary detour remains in place for the Arizona Trail sections within the fire area.

Fire managers will monitor conditions in coming days to determine when to reopen the closed sections.

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