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2 wildfires burning in southern Arizona

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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2008 8:58 pm | Updated: 9:51 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

SONOITA - Wind is driving a 1,000-acre wildfire in southern Arizona, and a much smaller wildfire nearby is expected to be easily suppressed.

Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel says no structures are threatened by the fires, which were both reported at around 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

Schewel says the 1,000-acre Willow Springs fire is burning in the San Rafael Valley south of Sonoita.

It's 3 miles away from scattered ranches, and would have to burn through some very mountainous terrain to get closer.

Eleven fire engines are dousing water on the blaze, and a hand crew is clearing a line of land down to bare soil to stop its growth.

Schewel says the 40- to 50-acre Valentine's Day fire is burning in a riverbed east of Sonoita and is "not really moving much."

No word on what started the blazes.

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