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Apr 27, 2014 1:11 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Neighborhood relieved after another wildfire scare

SIERRA VISTA - Some neighborhoods were warned to pack bags in case the Aerostat Fire got out of control.

The wildfire started around 3:20 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters had a good handle on it by 7 p.m. It burned in Garden Canyon on Fort Huachuca near the Aerostat site.

Dave Koger helped a friend pack then watched his property as the smoke rose over the hills. He said the community is still not used to the threats despite so many recent scares.

"People were pretty shook up, so anything like this gets people's attention," Koger said. "This grass is just like a lot of gasoline, so people need to be careful."

The Graziano family was given pre-evacuation notice, but they were relieved when they learned they had nothing to worry about.

"They're the best. I really have a lot of regard for those firefighters. They're fabulous," Sandra Graziano said. "And the Sheriff's Department they kept us all notified."

The wildfire burned more than 50 acres and firefighters will still watch it overnight.

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