Bowl Creek Fire burning north of Tucson now 75% contained
TUCSON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5/13 News) - A wildfire is burning northwest of Oracle Junction, a small community in Pinal County that’s about 20 miles north of Tucson along state Route 77. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management says, as of Tuesday morning, the Bowl Creek Fire has burned about 1,156 acres and is 75% contained. Crews made progress with their containment line thanks to help from the air and a dozer on Monday.
Monday night, nearby community members within Oracle Junction, Saddlebrook Ranch and Falcon Valley Ranch were moved from “Set” alert status back down to “Ready” due to improving conditions. That alert means residents in the affected areas should create a defensible space around their property, gather emergency supplies, and plan escape routes. Drivers in the area are also being asked to remain on high alert as heavy smoke billows in the area.
The Bowl Creek Fire marks the latest in a number of wildfires that are keeping fire crews across Arizona especially busy. Coupled with the extreme heat wave impacting a large portion of the state, campers and others should be mindful of the current high fire danger and the potential for even more blazes to ignite.
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