Firefighters tackling 2 wildfires near Arizona city

The pipeline fire has scorched more than 20.000 acres since exploding on Sunday 6 miles to the north of Flagstaff, a picturesque town of about 75.000 people about 145 miles north of Phoenix, the state capitol.

The pipeline fire, about six miles outside the city,, has scorched about 25.000 acres up until Monday afternoon, according to a briefing on the wildfire information site InciWeb, and Two other smaller fires nearby, the Haywire Fire and the Double Fire, have increased and are expected to merge, InciWeb said.

A 57-year-old man was arrested in connection with the pipeline fire, officers announced on Inciweb on Sunday.

The perpetrator reportedly set fire to toilet paper in the Coconino National Forest at midday on Saturday, the source said.

Up to eight tankers and five helicopters were deployed to battle the flames on Sunday while at least 270 firefighters battled the larger pipeline fire, InciWeb reported.??? We had a lot of people on board the plane.

The Arizona Dept. of Transportation shut down U.S. route 89.

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