Tucson-Area Foothills Residents Urged to Prepare to Evacuate

“Significant danger” in Pima County

 

 

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Pima County authorities have advised residents of foothills area on the northern outskirts of metro Tucson to be prepared to evacuate because of a lightning-sparked wildfire in nearby mountains.

A statement issued by county officials Wednesday night said the fire in the Santa Catalina Mountains posed a “significant danger” and that residents of a foothills area should consider voluntarily relocating outside the affected area with family or friends.

The Sheriff’s Department did not immediately respond Thursday to a request for information on how many residences were in the area, which is bordered by the Coronado National Forest, Alvernon Way, Ina Road and First Avenue.

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The fire was contained around 10 percent of its perimeter as of Thursday and has burned 5 square miles (13 square kilometers) of tall grass and brush in rugged terrain in the forest, including portions of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness.

The fire started Friday night after a thunderstorm passed through the area.

Approximately 215 firefighters and other personnel were fighting the fire.

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“Significant danger” in Pima County     TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Pima County authorities have advised residents of foothills area on the northern outskirts of metro Tucson to be prepared to evacuate because of a lightning-sparked wildfire in nearby mountains. A statement issued by county officials Wednesday night said the fire in the Santa Catalina […]

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