- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Recent monsoon rain has helped stop the growth of a wildfire in mountains overlooking Tucson and an evacuation order for the summer-retreat community of Summerhaven has been lifted.

The Mount Lemmon highway remains closed to the general public but the evacuation order for Summerhaven was lifted Monday for residents and employees.

Fire management officials say the rain and firefighters’ containment work means there’s no longer a threat to structures.

The fire has burned 42.5 square miles (110.1 sq. kilometers) of grass, brush and timber on the Sana Catalina Mountains’ eastern flanks since starting June 30. Containment is estimated at 65 percent.

The number of personnel assigned to the fire has dropped to under 500, down from nearly 700.

The fire’s cause is under investigation.



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