#SawmillFire | Update 3

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Incident Summary | The Sawmill Fire started on Sunday, April 23rd around 1100 hours MST.  It is located about 10 miles SE of Green Valley, Arizona.  The cause is unknown and under current investigation.

UPDATE 3 – April 24, 2017 – 2130 Hours

Resources | 300 personnel. A Type 2 Incident Management Team Southwest Area Team 5 will assume command on Tuesday around 1800 Hours.  Current IC:  Howell, ICT3.

Structure Protection in effect. Photo Credit: Rincon Valley Fire District

Rincon Valley Fire District firefighters are on structure protection during night ops on this wildfire.

UPDATE 2 – April 24, 2017 – 1830 Hours

Resources | 200 personnel,  including 20 from the Department of Corrections and 40 from hotshot crews in Payson and Globe — battled the fire Monday near Box Canyon and Santa Rita Ranch.

Cause | The blaze was human-caused and is under investigation. He said there have been no arrests. [Green Valley Fire District PIO John Cambra.

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Photo Credit: AZ Dept. of Forestry & Fire Management

Fire was reported shortly before noon Sunday and was visible from northern Tucson to south of Green Valley. The cause remained under investigation; there was no lightning in the area at the time.

Equipment | 1 Airtanker, 1 Lead, 2 FW Air Tactical, 1 T2 & 1 T3 Helo, 2 T1 IHC, 1 T2 Crew were ordered/assigned today.   Several heavy air tankers dropping fire retardant were grounded because of heavy wind.

Current Fire Conditions | 7,500 acres. 7% containment status.  Continued active fire behavior that is wind-driven.  This is due in part to gusty wind conditions and low RH prompting a Red Flag Warning.

Evacuations | About a dozen people evacuated Sunday were allowed back in their homes Sunday night and no structures were currently threatened.

Future Fire Tactics | Continue to establish secure fire perimeter with aerial and ground resources.

Closures | Forest Service Road 62 and Box Canyon Road at Greaterville east of the mountains are closed.

Social Media | #SWCC #SawmillFire #AzWildfire2017

UPDATE 1 – April 23, 2017

Resources | 150 personnel.  Unified Command:  Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the US Forest Service.  IC:  Elliott, AZ DFFM.    The Southeast Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire at 0700 hours MST on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Sawmill Fire from the Air

Courtesy: Inciweb

Incident Cooperators | USDA Forest Service, Arizona State Park Patagonia Lake, Corona de Tucson FD, Coronado NF, Elephant Head FD, Great Valley FD, Helmet Peak Fire, Pima County Sheriff’s Office, Rincon Valley FD, Rio Rico FD, Three Points FD, Tubac FD and the U.S. Border Patrol.

Current Fire Conditions | 2000 acres of grass and brush scorched.  Active fire behavior with increased SW winds. 5% containment.

Future Fire Tactics | Continue to establish secure fire perimeter with aerial and ground resources.

Social Media | Hashtags for this wildfire are #SawmillFire C #AzWildfire2017 [so we can track this and all wildfires in each state in 2017].

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