Mulberry Fire remains at 1,750 acres, 45% contained

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Air tanker performs a slurry drop on the Mulberry fire near U.S. 83. (6 May 2017) Air tanker performs a slurry drop on the Mulberry fire near U.S. 83. (6 May 2017)
Evening pic of the Mulberry Fire from the Corona firefighters. Evening pic of the Mulberry Fire from the Corona firefighters.
Fire crews work on the Mulberry fire near US83. (6 May 2017) [Source: Corona de Tucson Fire Department] Fire crews work on the Mulberry fire near US83. (6 May 2017) [Source: Corona de Tucson Fire Department]
TUCSON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Mulberry Fire, burning southeast of Tucson, didn't grow since Sunday morning and remains at 1,750 acres, crews said on Sunday.

"Fire intensity has diminished significantly due to last night’s firefighter efforts and today’s increased relative humidity and lower temperatures," State Forester Jeff Whitney said in a statement.

Officials say the fire is still 45 percent contained.

It's a start contrast to Saturday when the fire started and early Sunday. Firefighters said the blaze grew from 500 acres to 1,750 acres overnight.

The high winds on Saturday impacted the growth of the fire. 

More than 200 firefighters are working on the fire. That includes a helicopter, 14 engines and an aircraft.

The fire started at 2 p.m. Saturday and Pima County Sheriff's Office says that four structures have been burned by the fire.

According to the Pima County Office of Emergency Management, the evacuations in the Empire/Charron Vineyard road access area were lifted on Sunday morning, May 7.

The Red Cross of Southern Arizona set up a shelter at the Pima County Fairgrounds. The shelter is available to anyone directly affected by the fire. 

An investigation is being conducted to determine the extent of damages to private property.

[RELATED: Residents evacuated as Mulberry Fire grows to over 500 acres]

Fire officials say firefighters conducted burnout operations last night to protect structures and keep the fire east of the Empire Mountains.

Cooler temperatures are predicted today but winds are still a concern. 

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