The Latest: Calm weather aids fight against Arizona wildfire

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire burning near Yarnell, Arizona. (all times local):

6:55 a.m.

Calm weather near an Arizona community allowed firefighters to get some sleep overnight as they resume the fight against a wildfire that has burned nearly a square mile of brush and grass.

The fire is burning near Yarnell, where a 2013 blaze killed 19 members of an elite firefighting crew.

Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Dolores Garcia says 250 to 300 people left their homes in Yarnell about 60 miles northwest of Phoenix.

Garcia says winds may pick up late Thursday but calm and cooler conditions with higher humidity overnight helped firefighters.

There have been no reported injuries. The fire has burned close to Yarnell but so far the only structures reported to have burned are three unoccupied buildings such as sheds.

The cause of the fire isn’t known.

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