Arizona wildfire containment grows and new fires appearPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Work on the Monument fire is finally wrapping up. It's now burned more than 30,500 acres or 47 square miles since June 12.
But it's 90% contained and crews are improving fire lines, putting out hot spots, and doing mop up work. The smoke columns will probably continue until the monsoon rains put them out.
Also Tuesday, a grass fire in the area caused temporary evacuations.
It erupted Tuesday afternoon between Three Canyons and Hereford roads, then spread toward a neighborhood before firefighters put out the flames.
Meanwhile, Coronado forest fire crew report zero containment on a new fire. The Copper Creek fire near Mammoth.
Most of the nearly 2,000 firefighters battling Arizona's largest-ever wildfire may soon be released.
And the Wallow Fire has burned more than 538,000 acres since it started May 29 near Springerville.
It's now 89% contained. Thirty-two homes and four rental cabins have been destroyed, but the fire isn't threatening any buildings now.
The dry conditions and wildfires throughout our state have led to the Hilton El Conquistador reschedule this year's Fourth of July fireworks display.
No word when it will be held.
The resort will instead hold a laser light show and concert July 3 at 9:00 P.M. on the Pusch Ridge golf course.