Wildfire near Young, Ariz. begins cleanup

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YOUNG, Ariz. -- Crews are beginning mop-up activities following a wildfire yesterday in the Tonto National Forest, 6 miles east/northeast of Young.

The Frog Fire has been contained to 21.5 acres, which is less than the initial assessment of 35-40 acres. Improved mapping allowed on-site crews to get a better picture of the fire.

At this point, the cause still has not been determined.

While lines have been laid around the fire, some 100 firefighters continue to fight the blaze from ground and air. As of Tuesday afternoon, the fire was 20 percent contained.

The fire, which was reported Monday, is burning in a popular vacation home area, according to Becky Woolsey Cottom, a volunteer firefighter with the Pleasant Valley Fire Department.

It destroyed at least one structure so far. Woolsey Cottom said it appears to be a cabin.

No injuries have been reported.

Vail Ranch and Frog Pond, subdivisions near Young, were evacuated yesterday as a precaution.

At nearly 3 million acres, Tonto National Forest is the fifth-largest forest in the country.

Young is located in Gila County, a little more than three hours northeast of Phoenix.