Fire crews respond to several small brush fires along interstate - Tucson News Now

Fire crews respond to several small brush fires along interstate

Fire crews responded to a few fires in a short amount of time Sunday afternoon. Fire crews responded to a few fires in a short amount of time Sunday afternoon.
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A string of brush fires reported along Interstate 19 kept first responders busy on a Sunday afternoon.

In just about two hours, three fires sparked outside ofSahaurita and Green Valley, according to Captain Grant Cesarek with Rural/MetroFire Department.

None of the fires grew beyond a half acre, nor did they threaten any homes, but Cesarek said Monday that it responding to the calls required the work of several departments.

"There's another fire, then another report of a fire and so we're kind of chasing it," he said. "The departments and districts end up having to work together on a case like this to make sure that we're sending the right apparatus to the right spot and keep a small fire from growing into something larger."

Fires along roadsides could be sparked by dropped cigarette butts, but Cesarek said a more likely reason would be a car dragging something like safety chains for a trailer.

Whatever the cause, Cesarek said it's important for people to know that accidental sparks can be prevented with a little extra awareness.Though they might seem small and harmless, he said fires like these still require a response that could impact other emergencies.

"It might mean an additional truck going to the response of a heart attack," saidCesarek. "That is, as a community, where we can really make sure we don't have the starts of those fires."

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