But the exhausted firefighters battling the flames that have burned 373,000 acres and destroyed at least 390 homes believe they have made their first progress.
Spokesman Jim Paxon said: "We're on the scoreboard. We haven't been there for eight days. We're making progress."
Calmer weather had helped firefighters in the tree-covered hills north-east on Phoenix yesterday. But there were new concerns about thunderstorms that could produce lightning without rain.
In a single week, the blaze has charred 586 square miles - an area larger than Los Angeles.
The wildfire, formed by two smaller blazes that merged on Sunday, is the largest in Arizona history. A lost hiker started one fire trying to signal for help.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jun 27, 2002|
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