Published: March 5, 2023, Sunday, 2055 hours PT

Firefighters with the AZ Forestry were dispatched on Sunday, March 5th at 1453 hours and assumed command from the local FD on the Longview Fire at the address of 44 Longview Loop Road in Elgin.

State resources and personnel are still staffing the incident.

Incident Cooperators include firefighters and resources from the Sonita-Elgin Fire District and AZ State Forestry.

Photo Credit | Sonita-Elgin Fire District PIO

The wind-driven wildfire was said to be burning in a heavy grass crop with about 553 acres burned.

A State Hand Crew was on order as of 1800 PT with local, state, and federal agencies participating in a joint mission to put the fire out.

About five structures were evacuated per the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, but evacuation orders have been lifted by the SErhiff’s Office.

Some area roadways were shut down, but no impacts were reported for nearby SR 83.

The cause of the fire was determined to be a structure fire that started today and then spread into the wildland interface.

Other media outlets had reported the fire had already burned up to 200 or more acres just before 1700 hours PT.

Sonoita-Elgin Fire District fire crews are said to be patrolling the perimeter and putting out hotspots as needed.

It was brought under control at 2030 hours.

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