- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

CORDES LAKES, Ariz. (AP) - Firefighters are bolstering lines around a blaze that forced evacuations and the intermittent closure of a major interstate in central Arizona.

Crews on Wednesday were mopping up after the blaze came close to homes in the Cordes Lakes area.

Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Dolores Garcia says crews hit the fire hard from the ground and with water-dropping helicopters and air tankers to keep the flames contained on the east side of Interstate 17.

It’s considered 50 percent contained.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office lifted evacuation orders overnight, and most of the interstate was open.

On the Tonto National Forest, forest officials were monitoring a few small lightning-sparked fires while crews made progress on several fires that were sparked by lightning on the Coronado National Forest earlier this week.

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