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Some fire crews to be cleared from southern Arizona wildfire – 3TV

A tanker aircraft drops slurry on the Sawmill Fire on Monday, April 24. (Source: Jim Moutray via Tucson News Now)
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Officials say fire crews are gaining a handle on a southern Arizona wildfire that started Sunday.

The Coronado National Forest and Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said Saturday that the fire about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of the small city of Green Valley didn’t spread overnight.

It has burned 73.4 square miles (190 square kilometers) of grass, brush and trees but as of Saturday morning was now 61 percent contained.

Officials called it a success and said they’ll start to release some fire crew members.

But hundreds of homes nearby that could be affected will remain under pre-evacuation notices.

[RELATED: Surprise Fire Department crew heading down to Sawmill Fire]

The U.S. Border Patrol said Thursday one of its agents was being investigating for possibly starting the fire while off duty and shooting a gun recreationally.

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