Jun 19, 2012 6:12 PM

Fox Fire grows overnight, but spread is slowing

TUCSON - The Fox Fire has grown to about 3,400 acres and is now 10 percent contained, as of the latest update from the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire was sparked over the weekend by lightning, and is now burning in a very remote and rugged area of the Rincon Wilderness, about five miles southwest of Cascabel, Arizona, forest service officials confirm.

Eight crews off firefighters are working to suppress the fire - they are currently constructing a line to the southwest, and are working on the northwest corner to keep it from entering Espiritu Canyon and Saguaro National Park.

In addition, there are six fixed-wing aircraft and three helicopters fighting the fire from above, amounting to 185 total personnel assigned to the Fox Fire.

Officials say the rates of spread have decreased, due in part to cooler temperatures overnight. The fire gained just 200 acres last night.


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