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Update: Wildfire sparked by Air Force training burns 1,000 acres

A fire burning north of Arivaca scorched more than 1,000 acres Monday and Tuesday, officials said. The blaze was sparked when an airman attempted to signal an aircraft overhead during search and rescue training Monday afternoon.

The Amigo Wash fire, about two miles northeast of the town, was about 75 percent contained Tuesday evening, and "forward progression stopped."

About 110 members of fire crews were "making good progress" as they worked to improve perimeter lines, Arizona State Forestry officials said. Earlier in the afternoon, the fire was only about 25 percent contained.

The fire should be completely contained by Thursday afternoon, they said, and the blaze has "low spread potential."

Air Force officials said in a news release that Monday around 12:30 p.m., "an airman on the ground attempted to signal an aircraft overhead in order to indicate his location and inadvertently started a fire."

The airman was taking part in combat search and rescue training, officials at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base said.

Air Force officials did not detail what sort of signal was used. Flares are often deployed during S&R training.

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The Amigo Wash fire on Monday night.