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Updated May 5, 2014 - 8:55 am

Wildfire burning in eastern Arizona reaches 60 percent containment

PHOENIX -- Firefighters gained the upper hand on a wildfire burning in eastern Arizona.

The combination of ground crews, heavy air tankers and helicopters has contained a 300-acre blaze to 60 percent. The fire is burning two miles from Alpine.

Cathy Dowd with the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest said wind had been expected to pose a major challenge over the weekend, but slowed down enough for firefighters to fully line and backburn the area.

The human-caused fire started on private property and is still under investigation.

The site was close to the area where the 2011 Wallow Fire chewed up more than 500,000 acres to become the largest fire in recorded Arizona history.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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