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Fire threatens 25 homes near Sierra Vista

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Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2003 8:34 am | Updated: 2:23 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

SIERRA VISTA - Twenty-five homes were evacuated Saturday after a wildfire about 15 miles south of here came within a few hundred feet of some structures, officials said.

Crews succeeded in protecting the homes by conducting back-burns that moved toward the 1,000-acre wildfire in Ash Canyon and robbed the blaze of some of its natural fuels, said fire information officer Joan Vasey.

No estimate of containment was available.

The cause of the Ash fire, which began midday Saturday, was under investigation. No injuries were reported.

High winds, dry fuels, warm conditions and low humidity caused the fire to grow.

Aircraft dumping water and retardant on the fire were grounded temporarily because of high winds, but the flights resumed later in the day, Vasey said.

Families living in the cluster of rural homes were staying at Valley View Elementary School near Palominas.

Authorities closed a threemile section of State Highway 92.

PICTURE FIRE ROOSEVELT LAKE - The 8,072-acre Picture fire burning north of Roosevelt Lake has been 35 percent contained, fire officials said Saturday night.

More than 700 firefighters are battling the fire and have made "good progress," officials said.

Pockets of heavy brush in the area produced thick columns of black smoke that could be seen from the East Valley.

There have been no serious injuries, and no homes were destroyed.

POWELL FIRE GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK - A fire on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon continued to burn Saturday as park officials monitored its progress.

The natural fire had consumed more than 511 acres since it started June 15 but was being allowed to burn to restore the ecosystem, park officials said.

The developed portion of the North Rim remained open to visitors though two trails, Powell Plateau Trail and Swamp Ridge Road, were closed.

MORMON FIRE FLAGSTAFF - The 2,600-acre Mormon fire continued to burn Saturday within a perimeter set by fire officials.

Ken Frederick, a fire information officer, said the fire is ‘‘very inactive’’ and has diminished in the past several days.

The lightning-sparked fire was expected to eventually burn itself out.

The fire was burning 15 miles northeast of the Mormon Lake Village community, which was not threatened.

HELEN II FIRE SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK - A fire has burned about 633 acres of oak and pine in steep and rocky terrain in the Rincon Mountains by Saturday.

There are no structures in the area, but the fire was threatening Mexican spotted owl and peregrine falcon habitat, officials said.

Several campgrounds and trails were closed.

The fire started Tuesday and was lightning-caused. It is 10 percent contained.

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