2-acre Payson-area blaze destroys 5 mobile homes

2013-07-01T00:00:00Z 2-acre Payson-area blaze destroys 5 mobile homesVeronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A two-acre fire that started at a motorcycle salvage yard and spread to a trailer park destroyed five mobile homes in the Gila County community of Rye.

Gila County Health and Emergency Services Director Michael O'Driscoll says no one was injured in the fire 10 miles south of Payson. The fire was ignited Saturday night at All Bikes Sales located off Arizona 87.

It spread to neighboring federal Forest Service land but was fully contained within 12 hours of its start. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The American Red Cross says seven adults and two children were staying at a shelter set up for people evacuated.

The Associated Press

Brush fire near border grows to 500 acres

A brush fire that started Friday along the U.S.-Mexico border has grown to more than 500 acres.

The W-2 fire is burning seven miles west of Lochiel, east of Nogales and about 70 miles south of Tucson, in oak grassland and brush, said a news release from the U.S. Forest Service.

A rancher reported seeing smoke in the area around 3 p.m. Friday. The exact origin of the fire has not yet been determined, but it is likely human caused, the release said.

Six hand crews, two helicopters, two engines, two single-engine air tankers, a heavy air tanker and 160 firefighters were battling the fire, which grew to 530 acres Saturday, the release said.

Crews planned to construct additional fire lines and conduct burnouts in the area Sunday.

No homes or buildings are being threatened by the fire, the release said.

Fire restrictions in place on public and state trust lands ban the use of any flammable devices, smoking or open fires or target shooting. Fireworks are always banned on state lands.

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