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Sawtooth Fire nears containment

Officials confirmed Monday the fire was 80 percent contained.

The Sawtooth Fire that ignited more than a week ago in the Superstition Wilderness is nearly contained, according to fire officials.

The fire that has reached 24,729 acres is 80 percent contained. 

"Minimal fire activity was observed" over the weekend, according to Tonto National Forest officials.  

The fire is northwest of Gold Canyon, burning near and partially within the site of the Woodbury Fire, which burned more than 100,000 acres in 2019.  

The most active part of the fire is in steep, rocky terrain in the Weavers Needle area, firefighters said. 

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About 400 personnel are working to contain the fire.

Firefighters reported completing a perimeter around the fire and now are focusing on suppression. 

The cause of the fire has been determined to be lightning.

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