/ Last Modified March 8, 2012

Wildfire Danger Soars; Small Blazes Break Out

Grassland near Sasabe burns 40 acres; smoke drifts toward Tucson

State and federal officials are warning of high wildfire danger in Arizona because of dry conditions, high winds and no rain in the near-term forecasts.

As a result, several fires have broken out in Southern Arizona, including a blaze that scorched 40 acres of grassland in the Baboquivari Mountains near Sasabe. Smoke from the fire drifted toward Tucson.

A garbage fire was reported near Tubac, and it spread to dead grass and desert brush before being contained.

Near Buckeye, a suburb of Phoenix, another small fire was reported on Thursday, but was contained.

Officials are warning Arizonans that conditions are high for wildfires, so those smoking or otherwise using fire outdoors are advised to use caution.

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