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335-acre wildfire north of Flagstaff believed to be started by drone

Posted at 3:20 PM, Mar 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-07 21:25:23-05

A 335-acre wildfire burning north of Flagstaff is believed to have been started by a drone.

The Coconino National Forest says a drone landed in the area southeast of Kendrick Park and caught fire. The operator of the drone could not put the fire out as it quickly spread.

Approximately 30 firefighters are working on the ground to stop the fire, which sparked around 12:35 p.m. Tuesday. 

Officials say smoke from the fire may limit visibility on U.S. Highway 180 and other local roads in the area.

Firefighters have stopped forward progress on the fire, but smoke may still be visible in the area as it burns out.