BABO FIRE: Officials reporting 100 percent contained, burned 2,473 acres

Babo Fire update, 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Arizona State Forestry officials are reporting the fire is 100 percent contained, according to a tweet, as of 2:50 p.m. Friday.

The official estimate of the size of the Babo Fire burning southeast of Elgin in Santa Cruz County was reduced from 5,000 to 2,483 acres after a flight over the burned area on Thursday, Nov. 15.

The grass fire is believed to be human-caused, according to Arizona State Forestry on Thursday, Nov. 15. A fire investigator was headed to the scene Thursday afternoon.

The fire, which resulted in the evacuation of the area on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 14, showed no growth overnight and containment remains at 10 percent.

Fire crews saved 15 structures from the fire on Wednesday. Crews included two handcrews totaling about 50 members. Five engines and one water tender were brought to the effort.

Thursday’s strategy included securing the perimeter and sending crews to protect Canela.

The western border of the fire was about a half-mile from State Route 83, while on the south side of the fire was close to the Canelo Work Center.

Crews and trucks from Arizona State Forestry, Sonoita-Elgin, Patagonia, the U.S. Forest Service and DOC will be fighting the fire overnight to help contain the fire.

According to a tweet from Arizona State Forestry, about 30 people were forced out of the area near Babacomari Ranch, which is southeast of the fire.

The Babo Fire began southeast of Elgin, AZ, on Wednesday, Nov. 14. (Source: Twitter)
The Babo Fire began southeast of Elgin, AZ, on Wednesday, Nov. 14. (Source: Twitter) (Source: Ames, John)

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