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Fire evacuation order on 2 Arizona towns lifted


SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. — Roughly 7,000 residents of two eastern Arizona towns evacuated last week as a wildfire loomed nearby were allowed to return home Sunday as officials expressed confidence that they were making progress in their battle against the huge blaze that has been burning since May.

"Fire officials feel confident that these areas are safe," Apache County Sheriff's Cmdr. Webb Hogle said, referring to the towns of Springerville and Eagar.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong:

Three firefighters from, Surprise, Ariz., mop up hot spots during the Wallow Fire in Greer, Ariz., Saturday....

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