July 9, 2013
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Crews have 800-acre blaze 50 percent contained
About 50 firefighters continue to work to contain an 800-acre brushfire burning near Roosevelt Lake. A lighting strike started the Peters Fire on August 27. The fire is burning in Sonoran Desert grass and brush two miles west of Roosevelt Lake on the slope of Peters Mountain and about nine miles south of Tonto Basin.
Grows to 800 acres despite air assault
Lightning sparked a brushfire on August 27 afternoon two miles west of Roosevelt Lake on the slope of Peters Mountain. By Monday afternoon, it had grown to 800 acres.
On the brink of the deadliest fire season in decades, federal agencies cut the ranks of their wildlands firefighters by 600, thanks to the automatic spending cuts contained in the “sequester” that grew out of the budget standoff in Congress.