UPDATE: Officials reopen Catalina State Park after crews stop progress of wildfire

UPDATE: Officials reopen Catalina State Park after crews stop progress of wildfire
The Catalina Fire burning east of Oracle Road started on Sunday, Oct. 18. (Source: Pat Brady)

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Arizona State Parks officials reopened Catalina State Park after crews stopped forward progress of a wildfire on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

The park had been closed the day before because of the Catalina Fire, which started in the Catalina State Park on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 18.

The fire grew to approximately 47 acres, burning in Sonoran Desert scrub within the Canada Del Oro Wash in the park, but is now 80 percent contained.

Firefighters will be working west of the 50-year trail patrolling for smoke and hot spots. The strategy continues to be full suppression of the fire with the primary objective being firefighter and public safety with an emphasis on protecting the surrounding communities and private property.

Resources assigned to the Catalina Fire include: 4 Engines, 1 water tender, and miscellaneous overhead.

The Santa Catalina Ranger District and entire Coronado National Forest extends its sincere appreciation to the local community, Catalina State Park, and local private property owners who provided significant assistance in responding to this fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by law enforcement.

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