Progress reported with blaze in southern Arizona

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Brown Fire on April 14 By Jennifer Thomas Brown Fire on April 14 By Jennifer Thomas

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) -- Progress is reported in the fight against a wildfire burning near Sierra Vista in southeastern Arizona and the pre-evacuation rollout for residents of canyon areas has been halted.

Fire managers report that the 240-acre Brown Fire in the Huachuca Mountains now is 25 percent contained.

The blaze began April 13 and is burning in brush and timber in steep and rugged terrain, mostly on the Fort Huachuca Army base and in the Coronado National Forest.

No structures currently are threatened.

Low fire behavior Thursday allowed firefighters to strengthen containment lines as helicopters dropped water on the fire.

Cloudy conditions and some light rain also are helping quell the blaze.

More than 400 people are assigned to the fire, including 10 ground crews. Helicopters and air tankers also are available.

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