Brush fires; Mobile home fire; Compost fire

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Four brush fires Monday in Tucson, all on the west side of town.

The first one sparked in a wash near 1,400 North Silverbell. Tucson firefighters responded to two more off of St. Mary's and I-10 following that one. One of those fires almost spread to a nearby storage facility.

"We had live brush that was burning.  If brush is too close to a building it will ignite that building," says Capt. Trish Tracy of the Tucson Fire Department.

Firefighters also put out a brush fire near Riverview and Speedway. They don't know who sparked the fires, but they say they were most likely human caused. 50% of brush fires are set intentionally -- and more than half by juveniles. Firefighters say brush fires tend to increase when school is out.

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Investigators estimate the damage at a southwest side mobile home fire to be about $100,000. The double wide caught fire after someone placed a lit bar-b-que left too close to the structure. The Red Cross is helping out the people who lived there.


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The compost fire that had been burning since Saturday is finally out. Firefighters with Rural-Metro Fire Department cleared the scene around seven this morning. It started after a mulch pile containing wood chips and cactus caught fire at an industrial business south of the Tucson International Airport. Spontaneous combustion -- or, the outbreak of fire without heat from an external source -- caused the fire. No one was hurt.