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Jun 11, 2011 3:07 PM

Wildfire in SE Arizona is now 45 percent contained

PORTAL, Ariz. (AP) - Crews working the Horseshoe Two wildfire in southeastern Arizona are reporting progress.

The fire has burned 134,615 acres - more than 200 square miles - and now is 45 percent contained. That containment figure is up from Friday's 40 percent mark.

Officials say crews continue to secure structures near the west, northwest and northeast perimeters of the month-old wildfire along with completing structure protection operations.

More burn outs are planned to buffer and strengthen the lines in many areas of the fire.

The Coronado National Forest and Chiricahua National Monument remain closed due to extreme fire danger.

The wildfire began May 8 and is believed to be human caused. It already has destroyed 23 structures.

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