Crews making progress on Cottonwood Fire

Cottonwood Fire photo courtesy of Dan Pinard. Image by Dan Pinard

Crews making progress on Cottonwood Fire

CREATED Jun 28, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

BENSON, Ariz. (AP) - Firefighters are making progress on a wildfire burning in a remote area of southern Arizona.
Cochise County Sheriff's Office spokesman Carol Capas says crews were clearing firelines Thursday around a blaze burning in the Whetstone Mountains, about 10 miles south of Benson.
Capas says the Cottonwood Fire, which is between 1,000 to 1,500 acres, has zero containment but is not threatening any structures.
Capas says fire personnel may conduct burnout operations to keep the blaze away from Highway 90.
The lightning-caused fire, which started Monday afternoon, is burning in rugged landscape made of grass, pinyon pine and juniper.
Smoke from burnout operations may be visible to visitors heading to nearby Kartchner Caverns state park.

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