Several fires burn in So. Ariz., structures lost

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SIERRA VISTA -- Wildfires that broke out in southern Arizona on Wednesday burned at least 10 structures and forced 20 families to evacuate an area near Sunizona.

1st wildfire of the season

Cochise County sheriff's spokesman Carol Capas says about 50 firefighters are expected to be working the fire lines Thursday morning on the blaze near Sunizona. That fire has burned 2,000 acres and consumed one home and at least nine other structures.

Officials closed State Route 181 and opened a shelter at Ash Creek School in Pearce. The school delayed start of classes until midmorning because of the highway closure.

Four other blazes that erupted Wednesday afternoon in Cochise and Santa Cruz counties were quickly contained.

Critical fire weather is expected later Thursday, with high winds and low humidity.

Information from: Sierra Vista Herald

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