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Cooler temperatures slow spread of Fox Fire

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Cooler temperatures slow spread of Fox Fire

A wildfire burning in the Rincon Mountains southwest of Cascabel that is believed to have been caused by lightning has now claimed about 3,400 acres of the Coronado National Forest and is only 10 percent contained, a spokeswoman for the forest said Tuesday.

Cooler overnight temperatures slowed the spread of the Fox Fire that has been fueled by dry juniper in a rugged, steep area of the mountains. The fire is now moving downslope into canyons to the south and southwest of the start site, and crews are attempting to keep it from spreading into Espiritu Canyon and Saguaro National Park, said Heidi Schewel, spokeswoman for the Coronado National Forest.

The fire began Saturday and there are now eight fire crews, two engines, four water tenders, six fixed-wing aircraft and three helicopters battling the blaze that has been burning in a remote area of the Rincon Wilderness. A total of 185 fire personnel are working to bring the fire under control, Schewel said.

The fire is not threatening any structures but it has left limited access to motorists in the area, Schewell said.

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