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Lightning-caused wildfire chars 2,500 acres near Douglas

Posted: 9:20 AM, Jul 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-26 15:20:21Z

Firefighters are trying to contain a lightning-caused wildfire that has charred about 2,500 acres (1,011 hectares) and threatened some communication towers in southern Arizona.

Crews did burnout operations Wednesday around the Beacon Hill Communication Site to reduce the threat to the towers.
    
They also are working to protect to a ranch about a quarter mile away from the fire.
    
The fire is burning grass and brush in rocky terrain about 15 miles (24 kilometers) of Douglas in Cochise County.
    
Arizona Forestry Department officials say the fire started Tuesday morning and is burning east of the Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge and south of the Pedregosa Mountains.