Update: Cochise County residents on “Ready” warning due to Ironwood Fire

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Update: Cochise County residents on “Ready” warning due to Ironwood Fire
Crews battle fire in east Cochise Stronghold. (Source: Cochise County Sheriff's Office Facebook)

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - As of Monday, Oct. 19, the Ironwood Fire burning on the eastern side of the Dragoon Mountains has burned 130 acres and remains at zero-percent containment.

The fire ignited on Oct. 18 in extremely dry and dense terrain on chaparral brush and grass that has not burned for decades- according to the Forest Service.

There are 40 pesonnel currently working the fire, near Ironwood Road. Engines and fire fighters responded yesterday and were confronted with very active fire behavior well into the night.

This morning two large air tankers aided firefighting efforts, dropping retardant to slow the fire’s spread.

Firefighting resources are currently spread thin due to the intensity of the fire season across the west, but additional resources have been ordered from other regions to assist.

The Ironwood Fire area is currently closed, and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department has issued a “Ready” evacuation warning for some residents.

Should conditions deteriorate, the Sheriff’s office will notify those affected to prepare to evacuate.

The source of the fire is human-caused and is currently under investigation.

Residents are advised to monitor the CCSO FB Page and county emergency information map for updates.

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