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Drop in humidity calms Aspen

by Jon Robinson (webmaster) |

A drop in humidity calmed a wildfire burning a half-mile from an exclusive desert enclave Monday, greatly reducing the danger to dozens of houses, officials said.

The same blaze destroyed more than 300 houses last month in and around the vacation hamlet of Summerhaven, high on Mount Lemmon. As of Monday, the fire had burned at least 81,000 acres in the mountains north of Tucson.

Humidity between 30 percent and 50 percent extinguished flames in some areas above the homes in Ventana Canyon and cooled the fire in others, said Brad Smith, a fire behavior analyst with the team fighting the blaze.