- Associated Press - Sunday, June 11, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Officials are bracing for high winds as they fight several wildfires burning in southern and eastern Arizona.

The National Weather Service on Sunday warned of critical fire weather conditions in parts of the state as strong winds with high gusts are expected.

The U.S. Forest Service said the fire near Cochise Stronghold was extremely intense Saturday but tempered down slightly overnight. It’s now about 23 square miles (60 square kilometers) in size.

Authorities are also restricting road access and closing trails near a fire that has grown to the size of about a half square mile (1.3 square kilometers) near Safford, which is expected to grow north and east into the Frye Mesa Lake area.

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