Mulberry Fire Consumes 1,750 Acres, 4 Buildings

Mulberry Fire Consumes 1,750 Acres, 4 Buildings

Fire fighters continue to battle human-caused blaze burning southeast of Tucson after a weekend of gusty winds.

The Mulberry Fire has been burning since Saturday afternoon and has already consumed 1,750 acres of land and four buildings in the suburban Tucson community of Vail, according to a spokeswoman for the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

Although firefighers have determined the blaze was human caused, the exact source is still under investigation.

Roughly 20 residents had to be evacuated along State Route 83.Ā One woman who lives in the area lost everything in the fire; she was out of town for the weekend as the fire started.

With heat and winds on Saturday, the fire spread quickly, but officials now say the fire is about 65 percent contained.

About 200 firefighters are currently working the fire, which has been slowed by lower temperatures and higher humidity, with a chance of rain possible on Tuesday.

As of Monday morning, the evacuation order for the Hilton Road area was lifted by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Many roads in the area remain limited only to residential traffic until the firefighting efforts are finished, which may be in the next one to three days.

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