Picket fire near Superior is 100 percent contained

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By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer
By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer
By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer
By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. -- Winds subsided Sunday helping crews start to get a handle on a brush fire burning near Superior.

The Picket fire started Sunday afternoon. Sunday evening, the fire was estimated to have burned 250 acres. By Monday afternoon, it was 1,200 acres.

Crews were planning to do perimeter work and begin mop-up operations Monday. They were also checking for new flare-ups. By Tuesday afternoon the fire was 100 percent contained.

A total of 1,336 acres burned in the fire.

The on-and-off winds and extremely low moisture have been big factors for crews battling the flames.

There's no word on the cause of the fire. There were evacuations near the Boyce Thompson Arboretum as a precaution, but no structures have been destroyed.

Six engines, one air tanker and firefighters from Queen Valley and Apache Junction are fighting the fire.

The National Weather Service had wind advisories issued throughout the state on Sunday, which made getting the blaze under control difficult for firefighters.

U.S. 60, which was closed about 10 miles south of Sierra Vista for much of Sunday due to the blaze, was reopened at 7 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The total cost of battling the wildfire is estimated at $220,000.

To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1. Information on wildfires is available through the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs at www.azein.gov.