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Jun 28, 2012 4:50 PM by Erika Flores

Crews working to suppress Cottonwood Fire

TUCSON - Seven wildland fire crews are currently fighting the Cottonwood Fire, using chainsaws to clear potential fuel before it spreads further.

The Cottonwood fire is between 1,000 to 1,500 acres and has zero containment, but is not threatening any structures. The lightning-caused fire, which started Monday afternoon, is burning in grass, brush, oak, pinyon pine and juniper.

Crews layed firelines around a blaze Thursday, about 10 miles south of Benson. They may also conduct burnout operations to keep the blaze away from Highway 90. Smoke from the burnout operations would likely be visible to visitors heading to nearby Kartchner Caverns State Park.

News 4 Tucson's Erika Flores will be live at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. tonight - tune in for a full report on the latest developments.

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