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Pinal Fire 50 Percent Contained

plane drops fire retardant
(Photo courtesy of inciweb.nwcg.gov)
A plane drops fire retardant over the Pinal Fire.

The Pinal Fire burning south of Globe is 50 percent contained, according to fire officials.

The lightning-caused blaze has now burned nearly 7,200 acres in three weeks.

Tonto National Forest spokesman Dave Killebrew said firefighting efforts during the next few days will be critical.

"The success of those operations will determine when it will be safe to declare any containment," Killebrew said. "I believe the projected containment is sometime in the middle of June.”

Killebrew said fire crews early on had to deal with civilian drones flying in the area of the fire but have not had those problems in recent days. Firefighters were aided by winds Monday in creating a buffer between the north end of the fire and nearby homes.

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Daniel Perle rejoined the KJZZ team in May 2019, after interning during the summer of 2017.A recent graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Perle served as the editor-in-chief of the online student-run newspaper, the Downtown Devil, and as the news director for Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run station. While in school, Perle reported on enterprise topics such as former Arizona Cardinals players suffering from the aftermath of their careers in football and the process which felons in Arizona must go through to restore their right to vote.When he’s not in the newsroom — and probably when he’s in it — Perle is scrolling through Twitter. Other than that, he enjoys reading Kurt Vonnegut novels and practicing his three-point shooting.