Published Sunday, June 19, 2022, 2030 hours PT

A newly reported fire we picked up is Arizona’s Contreras Fire, located in a remote area of the Baboquivari Mountain range, about 20 miles east of Sells, and eight miles southeast of the Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona.

Credit – BIA

The cause was due to lightning striking the area.

The Lead Agency is the Papago Agency Bureau of Indian Affairs and is under the management of an Eastern Area Type 2 IMT unit.

Fire behavior today had increased activity on the north end of the perimeter south of Highway 86 between mile markers six and seven, producing heavy smoky conditions for those in the Pan Tak and Hayhook Estates communities.

Credit: Wade Allen / Courtesy: Inciweb

Ground fire personnel have been heavily supported by air support with both water and retardant drops.

Fire Officials are expecting the fire behavior to continue to be active well into night fire operations.

Currently, there is 397 total fire personnel assigned alongside eight crews, 16 engines, and six copters.

At the time of this update, the fire has consumed 20,360 acres and has been deemed to have reached a 40% containment status.

Significant Events have occurred since this fire ignited in how in the second photo shown above of a “Fire Tornado” shows dangerous fire conditions for anyone near and above the fire line.

Cost-to-Date has reached $4,500,000 Dollars.

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