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NPS Officials: Deer Head fire at 55 percent contained

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Section of burnout in the Rincon Mountains (Source: Sarah Studd/National Park Service) Section of burnout in the Rincon Mountains (Source: Sarah Studd/National Park Service)
Map of progression of Deer Head fire (Source: National Park Service) Map of progression of Deer Head fire (Source: National Park Service)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Deer Head fire, burning in the Rincon Mountains, is now at 55 percent containment, according to officials with the National Park Service. 

The wildfire, located in the mountains east of Tucson, has burned 1,097 acres so far.  The fire began on July 24 after a lightning strike in the area.  Crews have been treating this fire as a controlled burn, to help eliminate old brush and potential fuel for future wildfires.  

According to NPS officials the eastern edge of the wildfire remains active and crews are working to keep the fire from reaching historic Manning Camp,  located in the area.  The NPS hopes to keep the fire east of Heartbreak Ridge. 

A crew of 52 firefighters are working the fire.  Officials with NPS have said the crews spent Saturday clearing plants material from the Heartbreak Ridge Trail, from where the fire is actively burning to the Happy Valley Lookout.  The same crews removed other hazards from the fire line that might have endangered the firefighting crews.  

All backcountry closures remain in effect during the Deer Head fire, to ensure public safety.  Closures may be lifted as soon as the fire is fully contained.  

Possible monsoon activity may help firefighting crews in their efforts controlling this wildfire. 

For more information about the Deer Head fire and other wildfires in the area go online to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or: http://Facebook.com/SaguaroNationalPark or call the Fire Information Hotline at (520) 733-5150.Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.