Fire east of Nogales estimated at 3 square miles


by The Associated Press

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Updated Monday, May 20 at 11:05 AM

Details at of 5/20 @ 7 a.m.
Estimated size:
About 2,500 acres
5 percent
Hhuman caused, under investigation
Resources assigned:
Approximately 200 personnel including 2 helicopters, 11 engines, 2 Type 1 hotshot crews, 3 Type 2 hand crews, 7 water tenders, and miscellaneous overhead
Fire behavior:
Moderate with some short uphill runs
Steep, rocky
Grass and brush (mesquite and oak)
Structures threatened:
Residents east of the fire will likely experience increase smoke impacts over the next few days.
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NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) -- A wildfire has burned approximately 3 square miles of grass and brush on ridges of the Coronado National Forest about a dozen miles from Nogales in rural Santa Cruz County in southern Arizona.

The Soldier Basin fire is approximately five miles east of the Nogales airport, which is seven miles northeast of the southern Arizona city.

The Forest Service says the human-caused fire is not threatening any structures.

It started late Friday night and is being fought by approximately 200 firefighters who are building fire lines to stop the fire's spread.

Containment was put at 5 percent as of late Sunday.