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UPDATE: Mulberry Fire 100 percent contained

Joe Barr and family sift through the burned remains of his widowed mother's home. (Source: KOLD News 13) Joe Barr and family sift through the burned remains of his widowed mother's home. (Source: KOLD News 13)
(Source: KOLD News 13) (Source: KOLD News 13)
Multiple fire-fighting agencies responded on the ground and with air support. (Source: Bill Sobek) Multiple fire-fighting agencies responded on the ground and with air support. (Source: Bill Sobek)
(Source: Jennifer Wright Skaggs / Facebook) (Source: Jennifer Wright Skaggs / Facebook)
PIMA COUNTY, AZ ( Tucson News Now) -

UPDATE: As of Tuesday, May 9, the Mulberry Fire is at 100 percent contained, according to Inciweb

Investigators confirmed Monday, May 8, a brush fire burning near State Route 83, about eight miles southeast of Vail, was human caused.

The fire sparked just before 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6 and quickly grew overnight. 

Fire officials described the fire as brush and grass burning near the Santa Rita Foothills on private and federal land.

Four structures had been destroyed, including two homes.

According to the Pima County Office of Emergency Management, evacuations that had been put in place in the Empire/Charron Vineyard road access area were lifted on Sunday, May 7.

The Red Cross of Southern Arizona set up a shelter at the Pima County Fairgrounds over the weekend for anyone affected by the fire. 

MORE PHOTOS: KOLD viewers submitted these photos of the Mulberry Fire.

Multiple firefighting agencies responded on the ground and with air support.

But as of Monday morning, many firefighters were already being sent home.

About one hour after the fire started, the Corona de Tucson Fire Department said it had grown, leading to more evacuations,and heavy traffic on SR 83. The department said the traffic caused safety concerns for fire personnel.

The Pima County Sheriff's Office assisted with the evacuations.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Evacuations

  • No current evacuations.
  • Residents on Empire/Charron Vineyard road access east of SR 83. (lifted)
  • Shelter at Pima County Fairgrounds

Fire Information

  • Fire is human caused
  • Origin 8 miles southeast of Vail
  • Burning in grass and brush

Road Closures

  • No fire-related highway closures have been reported

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