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A fire that grew to 16 acres in Beaver Creek Tuesday is fully contained, according to the Penrose Fire Department. The fire was reported at around 2:00 p.m. and was contained by 6:00 p.m. Firefighters from several agencies responded to the fire which burned near several homes. The wind moved the fire south into a ravine full of thick cottonwood and juniper trees which crews say were so dry they acted like matchsticks. Captain Calvin Sundermann of the Penrose Fire Department says the terrain where the fire burned was difficult to navigate.
"It was down in an old creekbed," said Sundermann. "The sand was soft in some spots, trucks were getting stuck in it."
Sundermann said thankfully the poor fire-fighting conditions only cost crews a little time and a few trees-- no houses were damaged and no one was injured in the fire.