Prison Fire in the Catalinas 50 percent contained - Tucson News Now

Fire in the Catalinas 50 percent contained

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Another fire Tucson News Now is following locally is the Prison Fire, in the Catalina Mountains, which grew to more than 240 acres by late Monday afternoon.

The fire was started by a lightning strike on Sunday in the Molino Basin Drainage.  The fire is 50 percent contained, according to fire crews.  It is burning light fuels, which have regrown since the 2003 Aspen Fire. 

On Monday a single engine air tanker aided crews with three retardant drops.  Two crews of firefighters, an engine, two water tenders have been assigned for a total of 60 firefighters battling this local wildfire.

No structures are currently threatened.  With firefighter activity along the Catalina Highway, the public is being asked to avoid using the highway until crews can contain the fire.

Fire officials want to remind the public the fire danger is still high, and that campfires and smoking are prohibited on all forest land, as well as fireworks.

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