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.


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.


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.