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562 acre Wildkat Fire now 95% contained, says AZ State Forestry

Posted at 3:33 PM, Apr 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-18 08:29:02-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Firefighters working the Wildkat Fire near Benson and Whetstone say it is now 95% contained as of Sunday.

The AZ State Forestry (AZSF) reported a brush fire Saturday that was approximately 200 acres in size. As of Sunday, the fire grew to 562 acres. With a majority of the fire contained, crews said firefighters would continue to mop up and monitor for interior smoke.

The nearby highway and road are still open and the fire was not a threat to nearby communities, according to AZSF.

AZSF says every year 9 out of 10 wildland fires are started by humans so here are some tips to prevent wildfires in Arizona.

  • When working outdoors check the weather
  • Keep a water source and shovel nearby
  • Never leave a burn unattended
  • Check your tires as a blowout can cause a wildfire

For more tips click here.

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