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Halfway Fire contained near Grand Canyon

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The Halfway Fire is burning north of the Ten X Ranch and five miles due east of Tusayan. (Source: U.S. Forest Service) The Halfway Fire is burning north of the Ten X Ranch and five miles due east of Tusayan. (Source: U.S. Forest Service)
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TUSAYAN, AZ (AP/CBS5) -

The U.S. Forest Service says a wildfire near Grand Canyon National Park is contained.

The so-called Halfway Fire was burning five miles east of Tusayan, and was 20 percent contained Thursday morning, after burning about 220 acres. As of 3 p.m., the U.S. Forest Service said it was 100 percent contained.

Kaibab National Forest officials said the fire began Wednesday afternoon, and its cause is under investigation.

The fire charred national forest and national park lands, and was burning through ponderosa pine and oak brush.

Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge said it's burning in an area that had been thinned in the past, allowing for moderate fire behavior.

Officials had evacuated Grandview Point, about 12 miles east of Grand Canyon Village, as a precaution, but lifted the order late Wednesday.

Officials said no structures were threatened.

The National Park Service is considering closing U.S. 64 inside the park from Buggeln Hill to the turnout east of Yaki Point, if safety concerns develop due to smoke.

An air tanker and helicopter, plus several crews, battled the fire along with personnel from the Park Service and Forest Service.

There is also currently a red flag warning, which means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring or will occur shortly.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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