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Grapevine Fire 75 percent contained

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Firefighters continued to battle a fire 19,100-acre wildfire in the Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest Sunday that is 75 percent contained, fire officials said.

Fire crews patrolled and mopped up the perimeters of the fire Tuesday.

The Grapevine fire has grown significantly, but firefighters said it still remains in the larger planned containment area.

The Grapevine Fire burned at low elevation in grass and bush and crews continued to hold the fire south of State Route 266 from the west side Forest Boundary east to Gillespie Wash Monday, fire officials said. Firefighters are continuing to perform burnout and bulldozer operations along the southwest and west perimeters.

Firefighters said they are also conducting patrol efforts along State Route 266, the northern boundary of the fire. 

The fire has led to the closure of Coronado National Forest lands south of State Route 266, known as Greasewood and Kane Spring Mountains, officials said.

State Route 266 was reopened Monday morning, but fire officials said drivers should expect slow traffic and periodic smoke obscuring vision

No structures have been destroyed, according to fire officials.

Firefighters said the fire was caused by lightning.

There are currently six 20-person crews, nine engines, three water tenders, one bull dozer,  one fixed-wing aircraft and three helicopters working to put out the fire.

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