- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SUNIZONA, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a wildfire burning mostly on state land in southeastern Arizona charred about 3.2 square miles in 12 hours.

The fire was reported about 10 p.m. Tuesday some 15 miles southeast of Sunizona and southwest of the Chiricahua National Monument in Cochise County.

Authorities say the flames have been fanned by gusty winds.

The cause of the fire isn’t immediately clear.

Authorities say there was zero percent containment as of late Wednesday afternoon.

They say 80 percent of the fire is on state land with 20 percent on Coronado National Forest land.

More than 150 firefighters are at the scene including nearly a dozen aircraft plus water tenders and engines.

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management is managing the wildfire with assistance from the Coronado National Forest.



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