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Tuzigoot National Monument closed as fire crews battle winds

Tuzigoot National Monument in the Verde Valley area has closed to the public after a fire broke out Sunday.

A National Park Service spokeswoman said the fire was reported at 6 p.m. and firefighters are still building a perimeter around the blaze.

Powerful 40 mph winds are a concern as the 100-acre fire burns through brush. 

A second fire, the Texas Summit Fire in western Cochise County, was fully contained over the weekend after burning about 450 acres. 

Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.