Kane Fire burning uncontained across Utah state line

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A lightning-caused wildfire burning in the Arizona Strip southeast of St. George grew to nearly eight square miles and was still burning early Monday as more than 75 firefighters were called in to help.

Kaibab National Forest officials said the fire began Friday and had charred 5,000 acres as of late Sunday with zero containment.

No evacuations had been ordered.

Forest officials said the wildfire was 13 miles southeast of Jacob Lake, or nearly 45 miles north of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim.

Officials with the North Kaibab Ranger District said smoke is visible from across northern Arizona, including many areas south of the canyon.

Authorities said a hotshot crew has been ordered into action as the fire was burning in timber, thick brush and pinyon-juniper with hot, dry and windy weather forecast for the area over the coming days.

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