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Quechan Fire burns over 100-acres

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The Quechan Fire that began Saturday evening has burned 180 acres and Arizona State Forestry is reporting 50% containment as of this afternoon.

AZSF says firefighters stopped forward progress of the fire overnight.

Rural Metro Fire chief tells News 11, "We got a call last night around 7pm from an individual over by the mall who called on their cellphone, who said they saw a tree out in the distance. But once we while going in route we got additional information which led us down to the Levee Road."

Responding firefighters arrived to a 3-acre thick brush fire. A mixture of blowing winds had caused the fire to spread quickly.

Several local fire agencies responded through the night to help put a stop to the fire spreading.

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management reported there to be no actual flames from the fire, but still only 50% containment.

"There is some smoldering within the interior of the fire's perimeter. So while there may not be visible flames you know from drivers on the road, people nearby, there is still smoldering from the interior of the fire," says Public Information Officer Tiffany Davila, "and until we have that smoldering completely out we cannot call that fire 100% contained.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs says 90% of the fire is on Quechan Tribal land.

An investigation is set to begin sometime in the next few days to determine the cause of the fire.

There have been no reported injuries or damages to any structures.

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