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May 2, 2012 6:47 PM

Apache Fire grows to 1,646 acres; now 35 percent contained

TUCSON - The Apache Pass Fire has grown to 1,646 acres and is now 35 percent contained, with multiple crews making good progress and mopping up, according to Forest Service officials.

The Apache Pass Fire, burning in southeastern Arizona, north of Fort Bowie on Bureau of Land Management public land, Arizona State Trust land, and private land, stated Heidi Schewel with the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire is not burning on national Park Service or USDA Forest Service land, she confirmed.

Two hotshot crews, two Arizona Department of Forestry hand crews, and two seven-man "short crews," are currently fighting the blaze, assisted by three fire engines and miscellaneous overhead resources, Schewel states.

The fire activity has decreased, Schewel said. Firefighters are making good progress along the fire line, and mopping up affected areas.

The fire is human-caused, and currently under investigation.

Photos courtesy James Nuti

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