Firefighter injured battling wildfire south of Tucson

Firefighter injured battling wildfire south of Tucson

15 April 2010

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USA —    One firefighter was injured while fighting one of two wildfires burning in Southern Arizona, authorities said.

The firefighter suffered minor injuries while battling the Tres Bellotas Fire, burning nine miles southeast of Arivaca, according to a Coronado National Forest press release.

The firefighter was taken to a Nogales hospital, where he was treated and released.

The fire’s size was reduced to about 211 acres and it was 50 percent contained Thursday.

The blaze is burning in grass and brush fuels on rugged, steep slopes and ridge tops.

Fire officials are using two engines, three hand crews and a helicopter to battle the fire.

The Walker Fire, which has burned nearly 90 acres in the Santa Rita Mountains, was 90 percent contained Thursday.

Authorities are using seven crews and a helicopter for the fire.

No structures were threatened by either fire.

Both fires were human caused and are under investigation.

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