New southern Arizona wildfire forces evacuations near Benson

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BENSON, AZ (AP) -

Authorities are reporting three small new wildfires in southern Arizona near Benson.

One of those fires, which is burning about 15 miles southeast of Benson, has threatened 12 homes in a subdivision that have been evacuated. That fire is 150 acres.

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The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management says the fire was reported on Tuesday and that air assistance is en route.

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Two other smaller nearby fires are not threatening any structures and are likely caused by lighting in the area.

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