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Crews reach full containment of Cactus Fire along Bush Highway

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PHOENIX — Fire crews reached full containment of the Cactus Fire that closed the Bush Highway for more than three days last week, a spokesperson for the Tonto National Forest confirmed Monday night.

The road, which was closed between Power and Usery Pass roads Tuesday, was reopened on Friday.

As of 8 p.m. on Monday evening, the fire four miles northeast of Mesa, Ariz., was listed at 85-percent containment and had burned 818 acres. It had not shown much advancement over the last day.

The Cactus Fire was human-caused, but how it started is still under investigation.

Also in Arizona, the Sawmill Fire burning southeast of Green Valley was listed as 96-percent contained as of Monday evening. About 40 firefighters will remain on duty to clean up the fire, according to a press release.

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