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Wildfire along Arizona border is now 75% contained

Winds strong and getting stronger have driven the fire through brush, grass and trees

Wildfire along Arizona border is now 75% contained

CREATED May 9, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a wildfire along the Arizona-Mexico border about 20 miles southwest of Sierra Vista now is 75 percent contained.
   
The so-called "School Canyon Fire" was reported Tuesday morning in the Montezuma Pass area.
   
It has charred some 1,200 acres on the Arizona side.
   
Crews were focusing on hot spots and mop-up Wednesday and hoping winds remain calm as they work toward full containment.
   
It's still unclear how the fire started.
   
The fire is burning grass and brush in the Coronado National Forest.
   
Cochise County Sheriff's officials evacuated Lakeview campground at Parker Canyon Lake on Tuesday, but they say no structures were threatened.
   
Six air tankers, two helicopters, four water tankers, 12 engines and two 20-person crews have been battling the flames.

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