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Progress reported with blaze in southern Arizona

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - Progress is being reported in the fight against a wildfire burning near Sierra Vista in southeastern Arizona.

Fire managers report that the Brown Fire in the Huachuca (wah-CHU'-kuh) Mountains is now 25 percent contained. That's after low fire behavior Thursday allowed firefighters to strengthen containment lines as helicopters dropped water on the fire.

More than 400 people are assigned to the fire, including 10 ground crews. Helicopters and air tankers also are available.

Fire managers say no structures are currently threatened but residents of canyon areas have been told to be ready to evacuate.

The fire is estimated at 240 acres. It's burning in brush and timber in steep and rugged terrain, mostly on Fort Huachuca, an Army base, and in the Coronado National Forest.

The fire started April 13.


Sierra Vista-area fires reviewed for connection

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - Several small fires occurred mid-week in the Sierra Vista area are considered suspicious and being investigated for a possible connection.

One fire started in the lower area of Ramsey Canyon south of Sierra Vista. Another, which is thought to be accidental, was a brush fire along Highway 92 south of the city.

Three other fires were reported Wednesday evening inside Sierra Vista.

A thrown cigarette may have started one of the three fires, a second is considered suspicious, and a pickup truck was seen in the field where the third fire started.

According to the Sierra Vista Herald, officials say they're looking for a connection partly because the fires occurred in a short span of time.


17-year-old killed in Prescott Valley shooting

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A 17-year-old Prescott Valley boy has died after being shot in what's being called a homicide.

Police say officers responding to a report of shots fired late Wednesday night found the boy with multiple gunshot wounds. The boy died Thursday at a Phoenix hospital.

Sgt. Brandon Bonney says investigators are trying to identify a motive and suspects.

Bonney says police are not releasing additional information because the investigation is at a sensitive stage.


4 get out of Phoenix house but dog dies in fire

PHOENIX (AP) - A man in a wheelchair and three other people escaped a burning Phoenix house but a pet dog perished.

The early morning fire Friday involved a house and an add-on that served as a second residence.

Firefighters found the dead dog in a bedroom.

An investigation into the fire's cause continues but use of candles is suspected.

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