FIFE FIRE: Extra engines ordered for structure protection, 2,100 acres burned

Published: Jul. 12, 2017 at 5:28 PM MST|Updated: Jul. 13, 2017 at 8:42 AM MST
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(Source: Arizona State Forestry)
(Source: Arizona State Forestry)
(Source: InciWeb)
(Source: InciWeb)

COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Wildland fire crews are working to suppress a new blaze in Cochise County on Wednesday, July 12.

The fire is estimated at 2,100 acres, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, with 80 percent on state land and 20 percent on the Coronado National Forest.

According to a news release from the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, more than 150 people are assigned to the fire. Equipment includes nearly a dozen aircraft, multiple hand crews, water tenders and engines. Extra engines have been ordered and specifically assigned for structure protection.

Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, said the fire is near U.S. 181 and Turkey Creek Road.

According to InciWeb, the Fife Fire is burning in dry brush and tall grasses about 15 miles northeast of Sunizona, just west of the Chiricahua National Monument.

The fire was reported around 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, the cause is under investigation.


There are no evacuation or pre-evacuation notices as of Thursday morning, July 13.



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