Wildfire in Southern Arizona Grows

June 20, 2016

Firefighters say a wildfire not far from the Arizona-Mexico border has grown but is not threatening any homes, so far.

Carrie Dennett, of the Arizona State Forestry, said on June 18 that the blaze is burning about 20 miles north of the border near Sasabe.

Dennett described the area as sparsely populated but there are ranch homes out there.

She says one structure has been destroyed but it was vacant.

The fire is east of the Baboquivari Mountains and has grown to nearly 2 square miles.

There is no containment.

At least 150 firefighters and a single-engine air tanker have been assigned to it.

The wildfire began Friday morning inside Brown Bear Canyon.

The cause remains under investigation.

The area of the fire is about 50 miles southwest of Tucson.

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