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Westridge Fire in Tortolita Mountains now 100 percent contained

Westridge Fire
Posted at 9:45 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 08:39:47-04


Fire officials say the blaze is now completely contained.


Forest officials say the Westridge Fire is now 70 percent contained.


10:56 p.m.

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management says the Westridge Fire is now 40 percent contained.


According to the latest information from Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, the Westridge Fire is now at 480 acres as of 1 p.m. Tuesday. The decrease in acreage is due more accurate mapping by aircraft.

There is some increased activity, but crews are making progress with suppression. There are about 60 fire personnel working to contain the fire.

"Firefighters do feel like they are getting a really good handle on this fire," explained Tiffany Davila, department of Forestry and Fire Management.

The threat to the structures has decreased. There are no evacuations or planned evacuations at this time.

According to Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, the fire is believed to be human-caused, but is still under investigation.

"This fire, I believe was a vehicle fire," explained Davila. “We are still investigating the actual cause of the fire, but that's initially what crews believed it to be.”

The Westridge Fire in the Tortolita Mountains grew to over 2,200 acres overnight.

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, who is managing firefighting efforts, says the blaze is expected to grow Tuesday with the high temperatures.

Wildfire officials say the fire move down toward Cochie Canyon Trail, west of the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort, but is holding along the road.

The Pima County Department of Air Quality says they're detecting a higher level of air particulate over Tucson due to the fire.

Both Golder Ranch Fire and Northwest Fire are assisting crews battling the blaze.

Stay with KGUN 9 for the latest information on the Westridge Fire.