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3 charged in blaze near Grand Canyon

Police say three people have been charged with causing a fire that's charred more than 2,000 acres near Grand Canyon National Park.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Police said three people have been charged with causing a fire that's charred more than 2,000 acres near Grand Canyon National Park.

Authorities said the three Texans were camping in Arizona's Kaibab National Forest and left their campfire unattended. High winds sent embers into the nearby forest, and the flames quickly spread across more than three square miles.

The two men and one woman are each charged with four federal misdemeanor counts.

That fire was 60 percent contained earlier today.

Meanwhile, a second straight day of fierce winds isn't helping firefighters battling a blaze in central New Mexico's Manzano Mountains.

The fire had been 95 percent contained when the gusts hit. It then more than doubled in size in a few hours. The fire now covers nearly 18 square miles. Hundreds of residents have been asked to evacuate.