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Firefighters stopped forward progress on a wildfire that burned 335 acres southeast of Kendrick Park Tuesday afternoon. The wildfire was caused by a drone that caught fire upon landing near the intersections of forest roads 514 and 524. Law enforcement is still investigating the type of drone and who was flying it, spokesman George Jozens said. 

The fire started at about 12:35 p.m. and burned through grassland. It burned around Chapel of the Holy Dove but firefighters were able to protect the small chapel by back burning fuels around the structure. 

Drivers on Highway 180 were being asked to be cautious while driving near the fire due to smoke, response vehicles and personnel in the area. The fire was stopped before it crossed from the west to the east side of Highway 180.

About 30 firefighters responded to the fire. 

—3:30 p.m. update: Wildfire caused by drone crash burned 200 acres near Kendrick Park

A wildfire that was caused by a drone crash has burned more than 200 acres southeast of Kendrick Park. The fire started at about 12:35 p.m. Tuesday.

The fire is burning in grasslands and is producing smoke that could limit visibility in the area.

Drivers on Highway 180 are asked to be cautious because of the smoke, response vehicles and personnel in the area. The fire has not yet crossed Forest Road 514 or Highway 180.

About 30 firefighters are working in the grasslands to stop the fire.

Emery Cowan can be reached at (928) 556-2250 or ecowan@azdailysun.com

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Environment, Health and Science Reporter

Emery Cowan writes about science, health and the environment for the Arizona Daily Sun, covering everything from forest restoration to endangered species recovery efforts.

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