Wildfire contained near Biosphere 2 facility north of Tucson
ORACLE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Firefighters in southern Arizona have contained a wildfire that broke out Sunday morning near the famous Biosphere 2 facility.
Arizona State Forestry officials said in a Twitter post that the fire burned about 1/2 mile from the science facility, which is located just to the north of the Tucson metro area. Around 8 p.m., fire crews reported that the Biosphere Fire was 100% contained at 13 acres.
Crews from Arizona State Forestry, Golder Ranch Fire District and Northwest Fire District assisted in the firefighting effort. No evacuations were ordered, and it is unknown how the fire started.
Biosphere 2, which is currently owned and operated by the University of Arizona, was built between 1987 and 1991 as a way to test the viability of closed ecological systems and human life in outer space. These tests occurred twice in the early 1990s. Biosphere 2 has also served as a backdrop to several Hollywood movies, including “Bio-Dome” (1996), “Spaceship Earth” (2020), and an episode of “Cheers.”
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