Prison Camp fire 80 percent contained - Tucson News Now

Prison Camp fire 100 percent contained

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Prison Fire, burning in the Catalina Mountains, is 100 percent contained as of this morning. 

The fire is located near the prisoner of war camp and is burning in extremely rocky, rough, and difficult terrain.

Crews are making progress in bringing it to containment.

The fire has burned 270 acres and it is anticipated to be fully contained this weekend. The fire began with a lighting strike last weekend.

In spite of rains that hit parts of Tucson and the Catalina Mountains Friday afternoon, the Prison Fire area missed getting sufficient moisture to extinguish its interior.

A 20 person crew remains working the fire today.

There is still occasionally visible smoke over the fire area from sources of heat inside the burned area that crews are not able to access due to the hazardous nature of the terrain.

The entire Catalina Mountains of the Coronado National Forest remains open for recreationists but the public is asked to avoid those areas where incident tape is placed so fire crews can continue their work without interference.

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