Progress reported with blaze in Huachuca Mountains

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Progress reported with blaze in Huachuca Mountains

By Laura Kittell. CREATED Apr 18, 2014

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - Progress is being reported in the fight against a wildfire burning near Sierra Vista in southeastern Arizona.

Fire managers report that the Brown Fire in the Huachuca Mountains is now 25 percent contained. That's after low fire behavior Thursday allowed firefighters to strengthen containment lines as helicopters dropped water on the fire.

More than 400 people are assigned to the fire, including 10 ground crews. Helicopters and air tankers also are available.

Fire managers say no structures are currently threatened but residents of canyon areas have been told to be ready to evacuate.

The fire is estimated at 240 acres. It's burning in brush and timber in steep and rugged terrain, mostly on Fort Huachuca, an Army base, and in the Coronado National Forest.

The fire started April 13.

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