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Tonto National Forest fire now at 1,200 acres

Tonto National Forest fire now at 1,200 acres

CREATED Aug. 14, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Avey

SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) - Crews are monitoring a fire in Arizona's Tonto National Forest that has charred an estimated 1,200 acres.

The so-called Queen Fire was reported Monday night and forest officials say its cause is under investigation.

The blaze is burning about 2 miles northeast of Superior in rocky, inaccessible terrain and crews are attacking the flames by air.

Officials say the fire is burning grass and brush. There was immediate timetable Tuesday for containment of the blaze.

Meanwhile, the forest is temporarily closing several areas because of the Mistake Peak fire 11 miles east of Basin.

That fire began Aug. 8 and is 10 percent contained after burning about 3,400 acres by Tuesday.

Tonto officials chose to temporarily close areas of the forest to protect the public and crews fighting the fire.

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