A fast-moving fire broke out on the Beaverhead – Deerlodge National Forests on the Gila District, approximately 28 miles NE of Douglas, Arizona and West of Arizona-New Mexico borders. It is said to have started on March 21, 2016, around 5 am and with an unknown cause. It is under investigation.
The fire fuels are grass and brush. Access is difficult and terrain is steep, so firefighters are having to fight the fire indirectly. Red Flag warnings are also in place due to high winds are of concern.
There are 110 personnel assigned to this incident with support of an Air Attack, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 2 – Type 2 Crews and 3 Engines.
The was reported at 1920 acres on March 21,2016, but as of today – the fire has exploded into a whopping 5300 acres.
No homes or structures are threatened at this time but Fire Managers are in communication with Landowners and Ranchers.
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