July 6, 2008

Fires Char Coronado, Saguaro Park Lands

Firefighters fought and monitored several fires Sunday in the Coronado National Forest and Saguaro National Park.

No structures were damaged, and there were no injuries, officials said.

The Nuevo and White Tank fires, five miles west of Tubac, have burned about 9,600 acres in Coronado forest. The fires were near full containment Sunday, said Michelle Fidler, spokeswoman for the National Park Service.

The Jack Wood Fire burning east of the Chiricahua Mountains was at 8,000 acres. Officials are managing the lightning-caused fire for resource benefits, said Randall Smith, spokesman for the Coronado Forest Service.

The Distillery Fire, five miles northeast of Vail, is 75 percent contained, officials said. It has burned about 8,000 acres and is in the "cleanup phase," Fidler said.

Two smaller fires also were burning in the Coronado National Forest. Forest Service officials were monitoring the Snowshed Fire, in the Chiricahua Mountains, and the Montana Fire, in the Tumacacori Mountains.

Lightning caused two fires Thursday in Saguaro National Park East. The Castro Fire, east of Mica Mountain, is being suppressed, and the Chiminea Fire, south of Madrona Canyon, is being managed for resource benefits, Fidler said.

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