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Catalina State Park closed due to Catalina Fire

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ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (KVOA) – Just three months after the Bighorn Fire erupted in the Santa Catalina Mountains, crews are now battling a new wildfire in this area.

The Catalina Fire was most visible Sunday night and could be seen on the lower ridges from North Oracle Road in Oro Valley.

The Coronado National Forest told News 4 Tucson that fire crews have beaten this blaze down to 47 acres and, it is now 60 percent contained.

Two very large air tankers were used Monday to help fight the fire.
It's still smoldering down in the Canada Del Oro wash but, News 4 Tucson was told there's not much chance of it spreading.

Crews from Golder Ranch Fire District, Northwest Fire District and the Arizona State Forestry are battling this blaze.

Officials also added that the fire isn't threatening any structures and there are no evacuations underway although residents can smell smoke in southern Oro Valley.

The Forest Service still does not know how this fire started.

Catalina State Park was closed Monday because of this fire but, the Forest Service expects to have it back open Tuesday.

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Frankie McLister

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