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Lightning starts fire in Rincons

The Deerhead Fire is burning in the Rincons. Photo: Image by KGUN9

Lightning starts fire in Rincons

By Phil Villarreal. CREATED Jul 24, 2014 - UPDATED: Jul 25, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Officials have decided not to battle flames raging atop the Rincon Mountains in Saguaro National Park.

The Deer Head Fire, which was started Wednesday night by a lightning strike, has grown to 115 acres. After sending a helicopter to scope out the fire, Saguaro National Park decided to manage the fire, allowing it to burn hazardous underbrush and make the area safer in the long run.

The fire, burning at an elevation of 7,500 feet, was spotted Thursday morning. Humidity and rain have slowed the fire's growth. The Heartbreak Ridge Trail is near the blaze, and vegetation in the area includes ponderosa pine, oak and brush. Part of the area the fire is burning was scheduled for prescribed burns.

Firefighters are scouting the area for rocky outcroppings and trails to use as natural breaks for the fire and will continue to keep tabs on its progress.

Stay with KGUN9 for updates, and monitor the fire's state at the park's site.