Posted: May 1, 2012 4:49 PM
Updated: May 1, 2012 5:02 PM
WILLCOX - The human-caused Apache Pass Fire, burning in southeastern Arizona, east of Willcox, has now grown to 1,700 acres, and is 25 percent contained.
The fire, burning on Bureau of Land Management land, Arizona State Trust Land, and National Park Service Land, is being driven by the wind and is burning in the grasslands. At 3 p.m. today, winds began picking up, gusting up to 26 miles per hour, according to BLM officials.
More than 150 people are fighting this blaze, including five fire engines, seven crews and a helicopter.
One division is holding the fire back and mopping up along Apache Pass Road, while another conducted a burn-out operations to reduce fuels. BLM officials state.
Four structures within two miles of the southern fire line are threatened - the edge has crossed into Fort Bowie National Historical Site.
Investigators say the fire is human-caused, and currently under investigation.
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