New fires cloud southern Arizona skies

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New fires cloud southern Arizona skies

CREATED May 21, 2012

Meteorologist: Aaron Brackett
Web Producer: Chuck Meyer

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Monday's surge of heat also brought incredibly dry conditions with humidity dropping to just 3%. With the lack of moisture comes high fire danger, and just today, three new fires began to threaten southern Arizona.

In Sierra Vista, a small brush fire burned about 5 acres this afternoon. It was quickly contained, but not before it torched part of Matt Twitchell's garage.

"Fire trucks were here and we couldn't get in," said Twitchell. "We stayed down by the bottom til they let us in."

Luckily for Twitchell, his outbuilding was built mostly of concrete.

In the town of Sierra Vista, smoke loomed over the southern horizon near the Huachuca Mountains where another fire is crossing into the U.S. from Mexicio, just 11 months after the dectructive Monument Fire.

Homeowner Dan Stewart says he took action because Monday's fire was spreading quickly.

"I woke up from my nap and I fed the dogs and I came out, sat on the porch, I am looking and said who is starting a fire up there," said Stewart. "Are they burning brush? I called 911 twice to get them out here because it was spreading pretty quick, but they did a great job controlling it."

South of Sonoita, a third fire is burning tonight near Parker Canyon Lake. According to stewart, you just need to be ready.

"You get nervous, but you get fire breaks from your roads and stuff and if you see here," said Stewart. "I cut along my fence. if you live in the area, you do what you gotta do."