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UPDATE: Crews stop progress of wild fire near Sonoita, roads back open.

A brush fire forced parts of State Route 8 to close from Sonoita to Whetstone on Friday, April...
A brush fire forced parts of State Route 8 to close from Sonoita to Whetstone on Friday, April 30, 2021.(Source: Arizona Department of Transportation via Twitter)
Updated: Apr. 30, 2021 at 4:04 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A new wildfire burning south of Tucson forced a large section of State Route 82 to close Friday afternoon. However, the highway has since been reopened.

A Facebook post from the Sonoita-Elgin Fire District stated crews stopped forward progress of the human-caused fire at 48 acres. The fire had jumped the freeway and, at one time, threatened structures in the area. The district worked with Patagonia Fire and Rescue, Whetstone Fire, Rio Rico Fire CNF, BLM, AZ DFFM, SCCSO, DPS, USBP and ADOT, the post stated.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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