This photograph provided by the Rincon Valley Fire District presents crews battling a wildfire on the outskirts of Flagstaff, Ariz, Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

As of midday Wednesday, the pipeline fire was burning an estimated 92.6 square kilometers, according to InciWeb, a natural disaster alert and weather service, whereas the smaller Haywire fire was 20.5 square miles.

Several communities are evacuated, while parts of Coconino National Forest are temporarily closed because of the fires.

Authorities have reopened US Route 89, the main connecting northern Arizona and the Navajo Nation into Utah.

The pipeline fire, about 6 miles north of Flagstaff, was reported from a fire vantage point on the morning of June 12.

The flames then grew quickly, partly because of the hot and windy conditions.

“The Haywire Fire was located approximately 10 miles from the Pipeline Fire,” it said.

Videos posted on the internet showed aircraft dumping water and anti-aircraft agents and crews trying to contact the two fires directly to douse the blaze and avoid its spread to communities.

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