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Baker Canyon Fire Continues To Grow In Southeastern Arizona

The Baker Canyon Fire burning near Douglas in Southeastern Arizona has grown quickly from 150 acres since it was first spotted Monday. As of Tuesday, it has burned almost 2,000 acres.

Delores Garcia with the Bureau of Land Management blames the landscape of the area, made up of primarily grass and brush, as well as the high winds.

“We are working to get the firefighters into the area. Right now the access through that area is very difficult. So, they’re taking that indirect approach, which means we’re finding some safer areas to position our firefighters to begin to establish those containment lines,” Garcia said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Garcia said there has been no lightning in the area, making them question whether it was naturally caused.

Katherine Fritcke Producer, Morning Edition Katherine Fritcke is the Morning Edition Producer for KJZZ. Fritcke was born and raised in Scottsdale. After deciding to leave the Arizona heat, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed public media junkie who can't get enough of programs like "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."