May 8, 2012 5:27 PM

Fire burning near border spreads to 250 acres

TUCSON - The fire burning south of Sierra Vista, near the U.S./Mexico Border, has grown to 250 acres, but no road closures or evacuations are needed at this time.

The Southwest Coordination Cente reports that two air tankers, two type-one helicopters, and one lead aircraft have been ordered to join hand crews in fighting back this fire, which is spreading north to the Lochiel Canyon area.

The first is now named the "School Canyon Fire," according to Cochise County Sheriff's officials, who first reported this fire near Montezuma pass this morning. It is still away from the foothills, officials state, but running steadily north due to gusting winds at periodic intervals.

The Palominas Fire Department has sent a water tender to assist.

Below is a Google Map showing the approximate location of the fire.


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