Elite Team Called in for Arizona Romero Canyon Fire

May 24, 2006

An elite firefighting team has been called in to battle a 650-acre wildfire burning north of Tucson in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

With 100-degree temperatures and high winds expected over the next three days, authorities have requested a Type 1 incident management team to keep the Romero fire from spreading.

Sarah Davis, a spokeswoman for the Coronado National Forest, said she expected the Type 1 team to be at the fire scene yesterday.

A Type 1 team is typically called in to handle more complex fires.

Caused by lightning, the fire was initially reported in the Romero Canyon area on Sunday.

It was 10 percent contained by Monday night, according to fire officials who said no structures were threatened and no injuries have been reported.

Meanwhile Monday, crews made progress on the 117-acre North Taylor fire near Safford.

Crews put a perimeter around the fire Sunday and the fire was 35 percent contained by Monday, officials said.

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