- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

DRAGOON, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on Arizona wildfires (all times local):

11:05 a.m.

Firefighters supported by aircraft have made substantial progress toward containment of a fire that has burned 23.6 square miles (61.1 sq. kilometers) of brush and grass in southeastern Arizona’s Cochise County.

The fire management team reports that containment of the perimeter of the fire near Dragoon is estimated at 40 percent as of Tuesday.

Lightning started the fire Wednesday near Dragoon, which is 54 miles (86.9 kilometers) east of Tucson.

Fire managers say they’re relying heavily on aircraft dropping water to help fight the fire in rugged terrain northwest of Cochise Stronghold.


10:55 a.m.

Changing winds are expected to send smoke from a fire burning on a mountain 17 miles (27.4 kilometers) northwest of Flagstaff into parts of the northern Arizona city for several days beginning late Tuesday.

The fire has burned 8.8 square miles (22.8 sq. kilometers) on Kendrick Mountain’s northeastern flank since lightning started it June 1.

Firefighters plan several days of setting fires to burn forest debris near the top of the mountain to help protect a lookout tower and historic cabin. Crews previously wrapped the cabin with flame-resistant materials.

The fire is burning in steep and rugged terrain and containment of the perimeter is estimated at 5 percent. Nearby U.S. 180 is closed because of reduced visibility due to smoke.

Approximately 480 personnel are assigned to the fire.

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