Highline Fire burning outside Payson

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The Highline Fire started on Saturday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Highline Fire started on Saturday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
(Source: US Forest Service) (Source: US Forest Service)
Crews have been fighting the flames from the air and the ground. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department) Crews have been fighting the flames from the air and the ground. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)
TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A wildfire that started June 10 continues to burn outside Payson.

According to the Forest Service, the Highline Fire was reported the afternoon of Saturday, June 10.

The fire is burning northeast of Payson in the Tonto National Forest near Hell's Canyon on the Mogollon Rim.

The fire is currently 60 percent contained and has burned 6,092 acres.

The flames continue to spread up a ridge line near the community called Bonita Creek in Payson where people watch as the helicopters armed with water battle the fire.

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The small communities of La Cienega and Ellison Creek Estates were evacuated. 

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Firefighters are using hand crews, engines, water tenders dozers and helicopters to fight the flames. Air tankers were used on Sunday and will assist those on the ground. 

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The terrain is remote and rough. The cause of the fire is still unknown. 

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