The fast-moving fire ignited on March 21, 2016, began consuming land in the Gila District, located approximately 28 miles NE of Douglas, Arizona. It quickly spread up to great the AZ / NM borders.
Thank you to many of you expressing the border states should be “AZ / Mexico” not the reported “AZ / New Mexico” included in our previous posts. However, that would be incorrect posting according to several sources and fire maps showing that the “AZ / New Mexico” is the correct reference.
Here are some fire maps showing what is occurring and where. We hope it describes the approximate location of the fire:
The cause is unknown at this time but is still under investigation.
Most of the fire has entered into the State of New Mexico and have reached 7050 acres. Firefighters have gained a 15% containment status, which is a great feat due to the difficult conditions they all are working under.
Due to very steep and difficult access to the fire ground, Firefighters are using an indirect attack.
There are no homes or structures damaged/destroyed or under threat at this time. Fire Managers are still communicating with land owners and Ranchers.
A Total of 65 personnel are tied to this incident. Additionally, there is a Fire Attack along with one (1) Type 3 helicopter, (3) Engines and (3) Type 2 crews.
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