Brush fires spark in same location twice this weekend

Published: Jun. 5, 2016 at 10:13 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:16 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Fire Department crews battled a brush fire near I-10 and Miracle Mile on Sunday, June 5, causing Tucson police to shut down the eastbound freeway on-ramp.

It's the second fire to spark in the area in about 24 hours.

The fires happened south of Miracle Mile under the bridge near a scrap metal recycling plant.

The battalion chief on scene estimated Sunday's fire burned about 50 yards' worth of brush.

"Judging by the wind today, it could've gone further than it did," TFD captain Nate Campbell said.

"It's hard to tell what started it,"  Campbell said. "But being in the same place as yesterday and it's not rekindled, it's likely some kind of human factor was involved."

Investigators have not said whether the fires are suspicious.

Firefighters also had to endure Sunday's record-breaking heat.

The battalion chief could be seen tossing water and sports drinks to the firefighters as they worked to put out hot spots.

"One of the biggest factors we have to worry about is hydration and overheating ourselves," Campbell said.

No structures were threatened and nobody was hurt in Saturday or Sunday's brush fires.

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