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A 384-Acre Fire Near Wittmann Is 30 Percent Contained

A 384-acre fire broke out about 20 miles west of Wittmann in Painted Wagon. The fire was reported Monday morning and crews have contained 30 percent of it so far.

With temperatures rising across the valley, fire activity has increased across the state.

There have been multiple fires so far, but this one was big enough to be noticed.

There have been no injuries so far, but two trailers and two vehicles were destroyed in the fire.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

The moisture received this winter could lead to more fires in Southern Arizona and desert-type areas around the state, according to Tiffany Davila at the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

“Now what that’s going to do is kind of overgrow those grasses. So the vegetation especially, in southern Arizona and in the more desert areas like Wittmann like we’re seeing in this fire, it’s just going to dry out quickly and burn very quickly,” said Davila.

The National Weather Service also released a fire weather watch warning for Wednesday afternoon for heavy winds and low relative humidity across southwestern and south central Arizona.

The forestry department added that these winds could add to the difficulty of containing the rest of the fire, even though the fire is moving slowly.

An author, creative storyteller and now a radio journalist — that's Mythili Gubbi. She is a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, emphasizing on broadcast journalism with a minor in political science and a certificate in international studies. Her goal is to pursue a life in television or radio that truly makes an impact.She was born in Arizona and then moved to India, so her childhood was spent equally split on two continents. Her love for storytelling and passion for Indian culture led her to co-produce and co-host an Indian music and culture show on ASU's student station, Blaze Radio.She also published a young-adult fiction novel called "Kiara's Tiara" when she was in high school and hopes to continue to write books.When she's not telling stories, she's usually watching them in Bollywood movies or planning her next travel adventure.