Pre-evacuation notices lifted for canyons near Globe

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Gila County Sheriff's Office lifted a pre-evacuation notice for residents of canyons south of Globe. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Gila County Sheriff's Office lifted a pre-evacuation notice for residents of canyons south of Globe. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The Pinal Fire is now 70 percent contained. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Pinal Fire is now 70 percent contained. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
GLOBE, AZ (AP) -

The Gila County Sheriff's Office has lifted pre-evacuation notices for residents of canyons south of Globe in east-central Arizona after firefighters made progress in containing a lightning-caused wildfire burning in the Pinal Mountains.

The fire has burned 11.2 square miles since starting May 8 in the Tonto National Forest about six miles south of Globe.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Pinal Fire near Globe grows to 2,800+ acres]

Containment is estimated at 70 percent after Tuesday's favorable winds helped firefighters close up a key piece of line on the north side of the fire. However, they were challenged by a spot fire but were able to contain it to approximately 1.5 acres.

Burnout operations on the north end helped create a buffer to protect homes and other values at risk in Kellner, Icehouse, and Six Shooter canyons. This resulted in the lifting of the pre-evacuation notices.

[READ MORE: Pinal Mountains fire grows but remains in projected area]

On Sunday, committee officials held a meeting but do not plan on any additional community meetings at this time.

Approximately 610 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire, which is burning in a forest in higher elevations and brush in lower elevations.

[MORE: Officials to host community meeting on Pinal Mountains fire]

For more information on the Tonto National Forest Pinal Fire Closure and Fire Restrictions, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto.

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