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Two brush fires erupt on Quechan Indian reservation

March 30, 2001

QUECHAN INDIAN RESERVATION — Multiple agencies from the Yuma area worked throughout the night to contain two brush fires thought to have been started by humans.

A dispatcher from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Yuma field office said two separate brush fires, about three miles apart on the Quechan Indian Reservation, were started sometime before 1:20 p.m. Thursday, which is when the agency received its first call requesting aid.

One fire, the "slide fire," as it's being called, burned about 3 acres and was contained around midnight, the dispatcher said.

The second fire, the "American fire," covered 35 acres and wasn't contained until about 8 this morning, she said.

As fire crews remained on scene at presstime today, no cause of the fires had been determined, the dispatcher said, although the blazes are thought to be human-caused.

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The fires remain under investigation.

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