377 Fire 70% contained, 2 firefighters suffer minor injuries

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Firefighters have been able to gain the upper hand against a wildfire in central Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Firefighters have been able to gain the upper hand against a wildfire in central Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
HEBER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Fire officials announced on Wednesday night crews are getting the upper hand against a wildfire in central-northeastern Arizona.

The 377 Fire is now 70 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

It's burned 4,833 acres 5 miles northeast of Heber-Overgaard. Crews had said yesterday the fire was at about 5,100 acres.

[PREVIOUS STORY: UPDATE: Human-caused 377 Fire in Heber area grows to 5,148 acres]

Officials said two firefighters on the firelines suffered minor injuries while battling the flames on Wednesday. They were taken to the hospital and then released.

There are 280 people assigned to the fire and crews are expected to face temperatures in the high 80s with wind gusts at 30 mph and humidity down to 7 percent, officials said.

[SLIDESHOW: Highway 377 Fire sparks evacuations in northeast-central Arizona]

State Route 377 was closed from Holbrook to the State Route 277 Junction. It has since reopened. State Route 277 was reopened on Tuesday afternoon.

The evacuation order for people in Despain Ranch was lifted on Wednesday morning.

[Special Section: Arizona Wildfires]

The wildfire was made up of a bunch of smaller brush fires before merging. Deputies said the fires were ignited by sparks from a trailer part being dragged by a semi-truck. Troopers found and stopped the driver and the truck was placed out of service, DPS said.

[RELATED: Heber-Overgaard residents help each other during outage caused by 377 fire]

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