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Wildfire in southern Arizona now at 10,000 acres

Photo by U.S. Forest Service Photo by U.S. Forest Service

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - A wildfire has charred about 10,000 acres of grass and brush on ridges of the Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona but now is 55% contained.

The Soldier Basin fire is some five miles east of the Nogales airport in steep, rocky terrain in Santa Cruz County.

Forest Service officials say the fire is human-caused and isn't threatening any structures.

The fire began last Friday night.

It's being fought by about 200 firefighters plus three helicopters, 11 engines and seven water tenders.


Temporary closure due to fire

The following are prohibited:
1.    Entering or using Soldier Basin Area north to Flux Canyon, as shown on the attached map.
2.    Being on Forest Service Road (FSR) 4681, FSR 4698, FSR 4659, FSR 235, FSR 215, FSR 812, and/or FSR 49 and routes therein as shown on the attached map.
The area is temporarily closed to allow for public safety in the Soldier Basin area north to Flux Canyon during emergency fire suppression operations.
The area will remain closed until May 31, 2013 or until the order is rescinded, whichever is earlier.
Any violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for individuals, $10,000.00 for organizations and/or imprisonment for not more than six months.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press modified.

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