Multiple Lightning Strikes Cause Fire Near Tucson

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:39am

A lightning-caused fire about 45 miles southeast of Tucson has been largely contained. The O’Donnell fire began late Saturday, and Chief Kevin Venos of the Sonoita-Elgin Fire Department says lightning sparked a number of fires in the area.

“The area took quite a few lightning strikes all in a short period of time and when we got on the scene there were multiple fires actually merging into one large fire, so there had been several lightning strikes,” Venos said.

He says a storm caused the 600-acre fire to spread quickly, but crews from the Brown Fire were sent to help battle the flames. He says fire crews were able to build a line completely around the fire.

Venos says there were no injuries and no structures were lost. The fire is 65 percent contained.

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