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Crews fared well on key portion of Arizona fire

Joe Reinarz commander of the Type I team battling the Wallow Fire briefs Ariz. Governor Jan Brewer Saturday, June, 4, 2011 in Eagar, Ariz. Crews in Arizona worked Saturday to protect several small communities from two large wildfires by clearing away brush near homes and planning to set fires aimed at robbing the blazes of forest fuels. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Jack Kurtz)

Joe Reinarz commander of the Type I team battling the Wallow Fire briefs Ariz. Governor Jan Brewer Saturday, June, 4, 2011 in Eagar, Ariz. Crews in Arizona worked Saturday to protect several small communities from two large wildfires by clearing away brush near homes and planning to set fires aimed at robbing the blazes of forest fuels. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Jack Kurtz)

Crews fighting a wildfire in southern Arizona fared well in setting controlled fires aimed at eliminating forest fuels between the blaze and an upscale neighborhood.

Fire information officer Matt Reed says firefighters working on the key northwest flank of the Monument Fire on Tuesday night conducted burnout operations near the neighborhood’s northwest end that strengthened protections lines.

The move is aimed at safeguarding the area in the event the blaze whips through a canyon and advances toward the neighborhood.

No spot fires from blowing embers were reported.

Firefighters plan to conduct burnout operations Wednesday near the neighborhood’s southwest side.

The fire has burned 42 square miles and is 45 percent contained.

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