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Crews monitoring Santa Cruz River bed after brush fire

Published: May. 19, 2016 at 8:23 AM MST|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 9:11 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Northwest Fire District crews are at the Santa Cruz River bed Thursday morning, monitoring a fire that burned the area on Wednesday afternoon.

[READ: Marana brush fire burns mile and a half of Santa Cruz River]

The crews are checking hot spots to make sure the fire does not re-ignite.

The fire started around 3:30 p.m. behind Coyote Trail Elementary School, near North Silverbell and North Cortaro roads, according to NWFD Capt. Brian Keeley.

It spread quickly due to windy conditions and dry brush, but was contained by 5:30 p.m.

It burned about a mile and a half of the Santa Cruz River, from just north of Coyote Trail Elementary School to just south of Cortaro Road.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Marana Police Department requests that if anyone saw anything suspicious, they should call the police.

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