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VALLE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are evacuating residents of a small northern Arizona community because of a wildfire.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office says the fire started Monday with someone burning debris.

It’s in Valle on state land about 35 miles north of Williams.

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management spokeswoman Tiffany Davila says one vacant structure has burned and others are threatened.

Davila says the wildfire is 35 acres due to more accurate mapping.

She says it isn’t threatening the state highway that leads to the Grand Canyon, but motorists likely will see smoke.

Sheriff’s spokesman Jon Paxton says a pre-evacuation order is in place for other residents farther out from the fire.

About 50 people are fighting the fire, and state officials have ordered aircraft to help slow it.