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Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 7:45 pm | Updated: 7:56 pm, Fri Jun 25, 2010.

FLAGSTAFF - A wildfire burning north of here has charred an estimated 15,000 acres but was declared 50 percent contained Friday night.

U.S. Forest Service officials say the fire still is actively burning on the north, south and west flanks and full containment is not expected until at least July 2. They say 901 firefighters, four air tankers and seven helicopters are battling the so-called Schultz fire.

The blaze was started Sunday by a campfire that was abandoned without being properly extinguished in the area of Schultz Tank, Little Elden Trail and Forest Road 420. The Forest Service is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Forest Service officials say the fire has burned more than 23 square miles of scenic northern Arizona forest and has cost more than $5.8 million to fight.

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