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Crews battle human-caused 1,148-acre Margo Fire in east Pinal County

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Posted at 12:57 PM, Apr 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-13 00:20:07-04

DUDLEYVILLE, AZ — A wildfire that sparked southeast of the Valley Thursday prompted evacuations and threatened dozens of structures, officials say.

On Monday, the Margo Fire was 100% contained at 1,148 acres, Arizona State Forestry officials say.

Arizona State Forestry officials say they have stopped forward progress on the Margo Fire that has burned approximately 1,148 acres within a river bottom in Dudleyville, northeast of Tucson in Pinal County.

Officials say the fire is currently 80% contained and 12 structures have been destroyed.

An Arizona Forestry investigator found the fire to be human-caused Sunday, but the ignition source remains under investigation.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said as of 1 p.m. Saturday, residents of Dudleyville may now return to their homes after they were told to evacuate earlier this week.

Crews are battling the fire using aircraft and ground fire engines.

Officials say there are 74 total structures that were being threatened with about 243 residents living in the area.

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The Pinal County Office of Emergency Management says that anyone with livestock that needs shelter can bring them to Gila County Fairgrounds (900 Fairgrounds Road) or if you need shelter for your pets, contact Pinal County Animal Control at 520-509-3555.