Lack of rainfall keeps Deer Head fire burning

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Deer Head fire (Source: cactusbillaz) Deer Head fire (Source: cactusbillaz)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  The Deer Head fire in the Rincon Mountains is holding steady at 850 acres.  A lack of rain, only .08 inches, in the area over the weekend helped keep the wildfire burning, according to a release from the National Park Service. 

Firefighters monitored the fire, according to officials, helping make sure this lightning caused and now controlled burn going.  The fire is proving beneficial to the area, getting rid of fuel for future wildfires.  

Drier weather predicted this week will likely keep the fire active, said NPS officials.  Firefighting crews will continue to patrol and monitor the fire to ensure it does not reach Manning Camp.  

Saguaro National Park is being assisted by a number of local crews that include the Rincon Valley Fire District, the Arizona Department of Transportation, and the Arizona State Forestry; federal agencies involved are the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, as well as a helicopter crew from Aero Tech of Clovis, New Mexico.  

The Jackalope fire was declared contained by officials on Saturday, firefighting crews will continue to monitor the area for any flare ups within the perimeter.  Though the fire is out, the Tanque Verde Trail and Juniper Basin Campground will stay closed until further notice.  Additional back country closures will remain in place until the Deer Head fire is out.  

For additional information please go online to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or: http://Facebook.com/SaguaroNationalPark or call the Fire Information Hotline at (520) 733-5150. 
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