UPDATE: Southeastern brush fire spreads to over 1,000 acres
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CREATED May. 18, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 18, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Firefighters with the Tubac Fire Department and the Forest Service are battling flames near Patagonia.
Heidi Schewel with the Forest Service says a brush fire is burning about five miles east of the Nogales Airport.
Schewel also tells KGUN9 that the fire is burning through grass and brush, but not threatening any structures or homes.
As of Sunday morning, the fire had grown to a little more than 1600 acres, according to Michelle Fidler with the National Park Service.
Forest Service officials believe the fire is human-caused.
Fidler says that right now the fire is five percent contained and 190 people are working to combat the fire.
This includes all of the firefighters from the Northwest Fire District's Hot Shot Team, according to Adam Goldberg with Northwest Fire.
Crews are also getting assistance from firefighters with the Tubac Fire District, according to Chief Kevin Keeley with the Tubac Fire.
KGUN 9 On Your Side will continue to keep this story updated as new information about the Soldier Basin Fire becomes available. Stay with us.
Reporter: Cory Marshall