Smoke from mountain fire will flow into parts of Flagstaff

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(Source: Coconino National Forest) (Source: Coconino National Forest)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) -

Changing winds are expected to send smoke from a fire burning on a mountain 17 miles northwest of Flagstaff into parts of the northern Arizona city for several days beginning late Tuesday.

The fire has burned 8.8 square miles on Kendrick Mountain's northeastern flank since lightning started it June 1.

Firefighters plan several days of setting fires to burn forest debris near the top of the mountain to help protect a lookout tower and historic cabin. Crews previously wrapped the cabin with flame-resistant materials.

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The fire is burning in steep and rugged terrain and containment of the perimeter is estimated at 5 percent. Nearby U.S. 180 is closed because of reduced visibility due to smoke.

Approximately 480 personnel are assigned to the fire.

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