- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on a wildfire that has led to evacuations near Yarnell, Arizona. (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Some residents of Yarnell and Peeples Valley who were evacuated by a brush fire are being allowed to go back home.

At 4 p.m. Friday, authorities reopened a 7-mile stretch of Highway 89 that has been shut down since Wednesday when the blaze began.

About 250 Yarnell residents were evacuated Wednesday night and 30 residents of nearby Peeples Valley were evacuated Thursday afternoon after winds fanned the flames.

Fire officials say Peeples Valley residents and evacuated residents from the west side of Yarnell are being allowed to return home Friday night.

Homes on the east side of town closest to the fire remain under mandatory evacuation, but authorities say that order could be lifted sometime Saturday.

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5:15 p.m.

Some residents evacuated by a brush fire near in the north-central Arizona town of Yarnell are being allowed to go back home.

At 4 p.m. Friday, authorities reopened a 7-mile stretch of Highway 89 that has been shut down since Wednesday when the blaze began.

About 250 Yarnell residents were evacuated Wednesday night and 30 residents of nearby Peeples Valley were evacuated Thursday afternoon after winds fanned the flames.

Fire officials say residents on the west side of Yarnell are being allowed to return home Friday night.

Homes on the east side of town closest to the fire remain under mandatory evacuation, but authorities say that order could be lifted sometime Saturday.

The human-caused fire remains 10 percent contained. It has charred more than 5 square miles, but officials say the fire continues to move away from the towns.

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4 p.m.

Authorities have reopened a major road that has been shut down by an Arizona brush fire near Yarnell.

Highway 89 was reopened at 4 p.m. Friday.

A 7-mile stretch through Yarnell was shut down Wednesday after the blaze began.

The fire forced roughly 300 people to evacuate. It has grown to roughly 5 square miles and remains 10 percent contained.

There is no immediate word when evacuees can return to their home.

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1:08 p.m.

Officials are weighing whether to reopen a major road that has been shut down by an Arizona brush fire.

Fire spokesman Gerry Perry says firefighters will determine Friday afternoon whether to reopen part of State Route 89 near Yarnell.

A 7-mile stretch through Yarnell was shut down because of the blaze, which started Wednesday and is 10 percent contained.

The fire forced roughly 300 people to evacuate and grew overnight to roughly 5 square miles.

Overcast clouds will bring slightly cooler temperatures as firefighters continue efforts to control the fire.

Forecasts predict the weather will stay mostly the same as Thursday, which had light winds of 5-10 mph, but with a slight increase in humidity.

Arizona Public Service is working to fix power outages caused by the fire.

8:10 a.m.

Firefighters are hoping to gain control of an Arizona brush fire that has forced the evacuation of about 300 people and has since more than doubled in size.

Fire officials said Friday that overnight mapping determined the blaze is now burning roughly 5 square miles.

Officials are scheduled to hold a morning news briefing on the blaze that broke out close to Yarnell, a community where a 2013 wildfire killed 19 members of an elite firefighting crew.

The fire is currently 10 percent contained.

It has not damaged any homes but three structures such as sheds have been burned.

Firefighters are hopeful the fire will not grow out of control and containment could happen by early next week.

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