UPDATE: One suspect questioned in Zaccattack Fire investigation

Crews say early work by aircraft slowed the blaze, possibly saving the town
Crews battle a wildfire in the Bisbee area late Thursday, May 13.
Crews battle a wildfire in the Bisbee area late Thursday, May 13.(Trez of Old Bisbee)
Published: May. 13, 2021 at 6:18 PM MST|Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 9:47 AM MST
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BISBEE, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The investigation continues into the cause of the Zaccattack Fire.

As of Monday, May 17, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they arrested a man for questioning, however he was released without being charged.

Officials believe the wildfire near Bisbee is likely human-caused because they spotted a person leaving the area when the fire sparked.

Early Friday, May 14, authorities and area residents breathed a sigh of relief as fire crews appeared to be winning the fight against the blaze.

#Zaccattack Fire Update 5-13-21 midnight Evacuations have been lifted in Zacatecas Canyon. Residents are permitted to...

Posted by Cochise County Sheriff's Office - Mark J. Dannels Sheriff on Friday, May 14, 2021

Crews battling the 30-acre Zaccattack Fire late Thursday were confident they were getting it under control.

Officials credited a quick air attack for slowing the blaze, possibly saving the town. Authorities said the fire was likely human-caused and a suspect was taken into custody.

Residents who had been ordered to evacuate from a few homes in Old Bisbee were allowed to return home overnight.

No structures have been lost and there were no reported injuries

The fire started around 5 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at Zacatecas Canyon, which just north of Mimosa Market.

Todd Ryan from Cool FM posted a Facebook update with Bisbee Fire Chief George Castillo.

Castillo told Cool FM state and local crews attacked the fire quickly and airdrops helped prevent it from cresting the hill and hitting the town.

“We are very thankful for the airdrops,” Castillo said. “That slowed the fire down a lot. If it wasn’t for that, we would probably be in a little bit worst condition. Also, the weather (has been) holding up for us. And the evening hours, it is not as hot and fire is not as active.”

The fire was about a quarter-mile from any structures.

Arizona State Forestry, which was also positive in its outlook, said some evacuations remained as of 10:20 p.m.

“Crews making good progress and getting line around (the Zaccattack Fire),” Arizona State Forestry wrote on Twitter. “Hand crews including (hotshots) working throughout the night to stop forward progress.”

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