New wildfire burning in Huachuca Mountains - Tucson News Now

New wildfire burning in Huachuca Mountains

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By Sarah Sanchez- email

FORT HUAHUCA, AZ (KOLD)- Forest Service and Fort Huachuca firefighters are on the scene of a new wildfire in Southern Arizona.

Crews responded to the blaze on Crest Trail at the ridgeline of the Huachuca Mountains at 5 p.m. Friday, said Angela Moncur, a spokeswoman for Ft. Huachuca.

The fire is in the remote elevations of the mountains and currently poses no threat to any structures, Moncur said.

By 10:30 p.m. Friday, the Forest Service had dropped 7 tankers of slurry on the fire in order to control it overnight, Moncur said. The steep terrain and poor visibility made it difficult for firefighters to continue operations through the night.

Ground operations resumed at 7 a.m. Saturday, Moncur said. The Forest Service brought in approximately 20 firefighters and had another 100 on the way. Ft. Huachuca firefighters also remained on scene.

The fire had burned 20 acres by Saturday morning and is expected to be fully contained within the next 24 to 48 hours, Moncur said.

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