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Updated Jun 24, 2013 - 10:04 am

Wildfire west of Prescott reaches 50 percent contained

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- A wildfire burning west of Prescott is 50 percent contained as of Monday, a day after authorities lifted evacuation orders for hundreds of homes.

The 10-square-mile Doce fire had grown by about 30 acres from Saturday to Sunday morning.

Authorities had lifted evacuations for some neighborhoods on late Saturday afternoon.

Four hundred sixty-five homes were evacuated, and all but 18 are being allowed to return home.

Crews planned to attack the fire Sunday by confronting the blaze in rugged, rocky terrain on the fire's northern flank and by continuing to station firefighters near the previously evacuated homes to guard against any restart in the fire.

Investigators said the Doce Fire was human-caused but haven't determined the exact source.

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