The fast-moving fire broke out in the Gila District, approximately 28 miles NE of Douglas, Arizona where it was at the Arizona – New Mexico borders.
The wildfire is said to have started on March 21, 2016, around 5 am and with an unknown cause. It is still under investigation.
Light to moderate fire behavior has been most active on the Southern and Eastern edges while it has been burning lighter fuels and vegetation. It is being driven mostly by occasional wind gusts.
Fire has moved onto the Coronado National Forest / USFS managed land and across into New Mexico. Currently, firefighters are dealing with gusty and erratic winds with dry conditions.
Temperatures have dropped below freezing without any increase in humidity.
A reduction of five personnel has dropped the number assigned to 105 to this incident. Additionally, there is a Fire Attack along with one (1) Type 3 helicopter, (3) Engines and (3) Type 2 crews.
From the time when the fire began to take off on March 21, 2016, at 1920 acres exploding into 5300 acres scorched. Today, the fire has increased to 6200 acres, almost 1,000 from the day before.From the time The was reported at 1920 acres on March 21,2016, but as of today – the fire has almost increased by 1,000 acres to another milestone of 6200 acres.
No homes or structures are threatened at this time but Fire Managers are in communication with Land Owners and Ranchers.
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** Correction ** We inadvertently added the wrong National forests into this post and have since deleted them from this post. Thanks to a follower who caught this! **