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Fire teams keeping blazes from endangering structures

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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2008 2:25 pm | Updated: 11:43 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

TUCSON - A smattering of rain and higher humidity have moderated fire behavior on an 8,000-acre blaze five miles west of Tubac in southern Arizona.

With the White Tank fire 15 percent contained, crews are digging a fireline between the fire and the Aliso Springs Canyon subdivision about a mile away.

Management team spokeswoman Lori Cook says its 30 or so homes aren't in danger. Officials don't expect the fire and the nearby Nuevo fire to merge.

Firefighters southeast of Tucson also are trying to steer the 5,000-acre Distillery fire in a Rincon Mountains wilderness area toward natural barriers while protecting structures and power lines. It's expected to burn into a Saguaro National Park wilderness area.

In eastern Arizona, firefighters battling the uncontained, 5,600-acre Hot Air fire have burned out vegetation around an electrical complex and lookout point.

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