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Two wildfires burning in parts of Arizona were not posing an immediate threat to any residents and at least one was being allowed to continue burning, according to officials.
The Peña Fire had burned about 300 acres of mostly grass and brush as of Tuesday night in an area south of Peña Blanca Lake west of Nogales, Coronado National Forest officials said.
According to an update provided late Tuesday, the fire did not spread much from Monday, when it began, but about 80 firefighters were continuing to battle the blaze.
The cause of the fire still was undetermined Tuesday, said Heidi Schewel, Coronado National Forest spokeswoman.
An area south of the lake and east of Walker Canyon was closed because of the fire, which was zero percent contained, Schewel said.
Winds in the area were expected to subside in the area by Wednesday.
The second major fire was burning about 6 miles south of Globe, west of State Route 77, in the Pinal Mountains.
The Pinal Fire was caused by lightning on May 8, according to Tonto National Forest officials.
It had burned about 206 acres as of Tuesday and was zero percent contained, but crews were working the fire as a natural prescribed burn to help prevent future fires, noting the area had not experienced a fire since 1952, when 36 lightning strikes were recorded, said Andrew Mandell, incident commander.
Mandell said treating this nature-caused fire as a prescribed burn will “enhance overall forest health for the future,” while simultaneously consuming fuels that cause fires to burn “out of control,” such as long pine needles, conifer litter, dead grass and shrubs.
“Fire crews are working hard to keep the fire from destroying cultural and historic lands, including a Mexican spotted owl habitat,” along with campsites and homes through the area, Mandell said.
As of Tuesday night, about 220 firefighters were working to manage the fire, forest officials said.
Five campgrounds in the area are closed because of the fire: Pioneer Pass, Upper Pinal, Lower Pinal, Kellner, and Ice House.
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