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Ariz. wildfire may affect Memorial Day tourism

By Thursday night, the Slide Fire burned more than 11½ square miles near the scenic recreation zone between Sedona and Flagstaff in Arizona.

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By Thursday night, the Slide Fire burned more than 11½ square miles near the scenic recreation zone between Sedona and Flagstaff in Arizona.

KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. — Some business owners are worrying that a wildfire in Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyon will keep customers away from the premier tourist area over the important holiday weekend.

The human-caused Slide Fire started Tuesday and by Thursday night had burned more than 11½ square miles in and around the scenic recreation zone between Sedona and Flagstaff.

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Firefighters say weather conditions for the next several days look favorable, with increased humidity and a chance of rain.

The Sedona Chamber of Commerce has been fielding hundreds of inquiries via telephone and social media from visitors wondering if they should still visit during the holiday weekend and about the air quality.

Many Sedona business owners also have taken to social media to remind people the resort town is open for business, but it hasn’t kept some from changing their plans.

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