/ Modified jun 6, 2016 3:09 p.m.

Wildfire Near Mexican Border Exceeds 8,500 Acres

Crews have half the fire contained; wildlands managers worry about conditions.

By Bryn Bailer, for AZPM

Hot and dry weather has contributed to spread of a grassland fire southeast of Arivaca near the Mexican border, and the fire has burned 8,500 acres, Coronado National Forest officials reported Monday.

Mule Ridge Fire focus large Mule Ridge Fire, near Arivaca, June 6, 2016.

The Mule Ridge Fire was 50 percent contained on national forest land Monday, officials said. It was spreading slowly.

“This year has been an active year, and we’re anticipating more activity," said Heidi Schewel, spokeswoman for the Coronado forest. "Things are starting to get warmer and drier at higher elevations as well, and those all favor wildfire conditions.”

Hotshot crews were among the firefighters brought in to battle the blaze, which has been burning one week.

No structures were threatened, and the fire cause was under investigation.

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