First major wildfire of the season erupts near Nogales

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First major wildfire of the season erupts near Nogales

CREATED Apr. 29, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr. 29, 2013

NOGALES, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A wildfire fire burning near Nogales, Arizona has charred around 160 acres.

Heidi Schewel with the U.S. Forest Service tells KGUN9 the blaze was called in around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

As of Monday afternoon, firefighters had extinguished 80% of the blaze and are in the "mop up" phase of the operation. 

Heidi Schewel of the Coronado National Forest tells 9OYS this is the biggest fire of the year, but fire season is just beginning. High afternoon temperatures and low humidity wil continue to dry out vegetation and add potential fuel for wildfires.

According to First Warning Meteorologist Aaron Brackett, humidity levels remain very low in April, May, and June, regularly approaching 2-5% during the hottest part of the day.

Stay with KGUN9 and for the latest updates on this blaze.