Wildfires: Fire in Catalinas; Big fires nearly containedPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A wildfire reported in the Catalinas Monday prompted the Pima County Sheriff's Department to close the highway up to Mt. Lemmon for several hours.
A barricade at the base consisted of a pair of deputies guarding some "Road Closed" signs.
The fire didn't amount to much, never growing larger than a tenth of an acre before being put out.
But PCSD plans to keep Catalina Highway closed until 6:00 A.M. Tuesday just as a precaution.
Forest service officials Monday released their final reports on two of Arizona's worst-ever wildfires.
The Monument Fire now stands at just over 30,500 acres, with 98% containment.
At least 57 homes burned before firefighters gained control of the flames.
Right now crews continue to focus on strengthening the perimeter and mopping-up of hot spots.
The Wallow Fire, the largest in state history, also nearly entirely contained, 95% at slightly more than 538,000 acres.
It burned for a month, destroyed 32 homes, and forced thousands of people to evacuate.
Now with the arrival of the monsoon, local fire departments have begun putting up sandbags in flood-prone locations.