/ Last Modified July 2, 2012

UPDATE: Grapevine Fire Burns North of Willcox

Doubles in size over weekend, only 10% contained

The lightning-caused Grapevine Fire has burned 8,000 acres south of Arizona 266, between Safford and Fort Grant, in the Coronado National Forest. The fire started Thursday and is 10% contained. The fire nearly doubled in size between Saturday and Sunday.

Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel says firefighters battled high temperatures and winds up to 25 mph Saturday. Nearly 140 crew members, seven fire engines, one aircraft and three helicopters have been deployed to fight the fire.

According to Inciweb, crews are responding to several other small lightning-ignited fires burning in the Safford area.

Other Arizona fires:
In Northern Arizona, the Canyon Fire has burned about 5,000 acres. The fire prompted the closure of Arizona 87 Sunday, but the road has re-opened. The fire is burning in steep, dense forest about 45 miles southeast of Flagstaff. Officials with the Coconino National Forest say about 130 people are fighting the fire, and no structures have been threatened. The fire is 0% contained.

The Cottonwood Fire in the Whetstone Mountains south of Benson is now 80 percent contained. The Cottonwood Fire has burned 1,682 acres.

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