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Crews get upper hand on 70-acre brush fire near Sierra Vista

Posted at 9:31 AM, Dec 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 14:16:48-05
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say an overnight drop in temperature and an increase in humidity have helped firefighters get the upper hand on a brush fire burning near Carr Canyon south of Sierra Vista. The fire is now 70 percent contained.
 
Cochise County Sheriff's officials say the fire was reported about 6:45 p.m. Saturday.
 
Residents originally were told to be ready to evacuate if necessary as firefighters from nearly half a dozen agencies responded to the scene.
 
But crews were able to start buffer fires to establish space between the fire and homes.
 
Because of the fire's location on a ridgeline between Carr and Ramsey Canyon, authorities don't expect the 70-acre fire to grow substantially.
 
Coronado National Forest officials say there's minimal fire activity now and more resources were at the scene Sunday morning.