WINDMILL FIRE: Crews stop spread of flames near Sonoita

Brush fire near Sonoita

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Crews will be working overnight to monitor hot spots after a brush fire spread quickly Sunday afternoon near Sonoita.

Sonoita-Elgin Fire District Chief Joseph DeWolf said crews were able to stop forward-movement of flames around 9 p.m. Sunday. According to a Facebook post, SEFD will have one engine on-scene through the night monitoring the status of the structures in the area, while US Forest Service and other departments will be managing the wildland aspect.

According to SEFD, crews responded to the area of Tunnel Springs around 3 p.m. As of late Sunday, Chief DeWolf estimated the fire burned about 60 acres. The area is approximately two miles southwest of Sonoita.

KOLD News 13 crews were there when slurry, the red fire retardant, was dropped on the flames atop the hill Sunday evening.

A pre-evacuation request was issued for the Tunnel Springs and Windmill communities due to how quickly the flames were spreading, but Chief DeWolf said residents were allowed to return to their homes around 7 p.m. when the winds slowed down.

Windmill Fire...

Posted by Sonoita-Elgin Fire District on Sunday, June 9, 2019

A number of agencies responded to the Windmill Fire to assist SEFD, including the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, Patagonia Fire, Nogales Suburban and Corona De Tucson Fire.

Chief DeWolf said the fire was human caused. SEFD is investigating.

This is a developing situation, so return to this story for updates.

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