Half-acre brush fire burns in Marana wash - Tucson News Now

3 Marana boys face reckless burning charges

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MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Three juveniles were cited for reckless burning Monday for causing a brush fire in the Santa Cruz River between Twin Peaks and Cortaro roads.

Northwest Fire District responded at 5 p.m. to scene, where three boys were using fireworks and caught buffelgrass on fire, Capt. Adam Goldberg said.

Two of the boys were 11, and one was 15, Marana Police Sgt. Jose Alvarez said.

They were released to their parents but will have to appear in Pima County Juvenile Court within 15 days, Alvarez said.

Firefighters limited the blaze to a half acre, Goldberg said.

"Several units including a type 6 brush truck, were called to fight the fire in heavy fuels," Goldberg said. "Although no structures were in danger, access to the fire by large pumper trucks was limited. 

"Crews used hand tools and the brush truck as the primary pieces of equipment to fight the fire.  The fire was wind driven."

Goldberg said Monday's incident and a similar one last month worry firefighters as spring and summer approach.

"Today was the first day of spring break for the Marana School District," he said. "Northwest Fire urges parents to review fire safety tips with their kids, reinforce safe behaviors and ensure that access to matches and lighters is removed."

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