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Top-tier team summoned for Arizona fire

Posted: 12:30 PM, Jun 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-12 15:30:44-04

CLINTS WELL, Ariz. (AP) - A top-tier management team has been called in to direct crews trying to suppress a human-caused fire in rugged terrain in a remote area of the Tonto National Forest.

The fire started Saturday and remained at zero percent containment Wednesday amid high temperatures and dry conditions as the terrain made it difficult for crews to directly fight the fire about 5 miles (8 kilometers) northwest of Superior.

A statement by the management team said crews burned fuel along a forest road to keep the fire from spreading east. The northern edge of the fire is within the Superstition Wilderness.

The statement said the fire hasn't forced any evacuations or threatened any communities.

Other active Arizona wildfires are near Cave Creek and Clints Well.