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Flyover of big AZ wildfire planned; Schultz fire at 10,000 acres; 10 percent contained

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The incident commander for the Arizona wildfires says crews will fly over the biggest blaze today to get a better idea of the perimeter and of spot fires.

Some spot fires have jumped up to a half-mile ahead of the 10,000-acre blaze. Residents of about 750 homes remained under evacuation orders.

But fire crews battling the so-called Schultz fire that has threatened hundreds of homes in Flagstaff have made some progress.

Authorities declared the 10,000-acre wildfire 10 percent contained last night.

Incident commander Dugger Hughes says the flames reached the back yards of some homes while coming within a few hundred feet of others.

The combination of high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds have challenged firefighters on the ground and in the air.

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