DUDLEYVILLE, Ariz. — The Latest on Arizona wildfires (all times local):
Rain has helped firefighters working a wildfire in mountains overlooking Tucson while also creating unsafe conditions for the crews.
Fire management officials say monsoon rains “hit the bullseye” Sunday, dropping more than 1 inch of rain in one area of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
However, the rain also caused flooding and washed out roads and was accompanied by lightning, forcing firefighters to pause their work.
The fire has burned 42.6 square miles (110.3 sq. kilometers) of grass, brush and timber since starting June 30. Its cause is under investigation.
Nearly 700 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire, which is 51 percent contained.
The summer-retreat of Summerhaven on Mount Lemmon remains evacuated as a precaution and the highway up the mountain is closed. No structures have been damaged.
Residents who evacuated a small rural community in southern Arizona over the weekend because of a wildfire have been allowed to return home.
Pinal County authorities say Dudleyville residents were allowed to return Sunday evening after firefighters stopped the fire’s growth.
Dudleyville is located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Phoenix.
The fire burned half of a square mile (1.4-square-kilometers) of salt cedar primarily along the San Pedro River and was 60 percent contained as of late Sunday.
The fire started Friday night and destroyed 10 buildings, including three homes.
Officials said fire crews will continue to monitor the fire and put out hot spots.
Utilities were working to restore electrical and natural gas services.