Prison Fire has burned 240 acres

Taylor Higgins, Simone Del Rosario

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Prison Fire has burned 240 acres

CREATED Jun. 30, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul. 1, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Firefighters are battling a 240 acre wildfire on Mount Lemmon that started Sunday night. 
 
Fire officials with Mt. Lemmon Fire tell KGUN9 that the Prison Fire is burning just south of Windy Point, near Prison Camp Road. 
 
The fire was reported around 6 p.m.
 
Fire officials say the storm brought significant lightening.Radar recorded over 600 strikes across the Coronado National Forest.
 
One of the strikes occurred at around 6:00 p.m. in the Molino Basin drainage of the Santa Catalina Mountains, causing the wildfire. 
  
The fire is burning in light flashy fuels that have grown in since the Aspen Fire 11 years ago.

There are currently two firefigher crews, an engine, two water tenders and a helicopter assigned. A total of 60 firefighters are on scene.
 
Monday afternoon, rains began to fall, allowing crews to make progress towards containing the fire. 

The fire is 5 percent contained at last update. No structures are threatened.
 
Crews are asking the public to avoid Catalina Highway if possible as there is a lot of firefighter activity. Non essential traffic could hinder their efforts.

Stay with KGUN9 and KGUN9.com for the developing details on this fire.

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