Sawmill Fire mushrooms to 40356 acres with more high winds today

Sawmill Fire mushrooms to 40356 acres with more high winds today

Sawmill Fire mushrooms to 40356 acres with more high winds today

As of Wednesday morning, the National Forest Service estimated the fire size was 20,000 acres and only 7 percent contained based on a visual estimate.

No injury or structure damage has been reported but pre-evacuation notices have been issued for hundreds of homes in the area.

Marvin McCabe and firefighters Kenny Read and Wes Green departed early Wednesday with Brush Engine 716 to meet up with other brush engines from Mohave County to form a strike team, according to Bullhead City Fire Department spokeswoman Lori Viles. The Pima County Office of Emergency Management had lifted evacuations in Singing Valley and around Greaterville.

"When it dries out, unless you create a buffer around your home, the fire will keep running, especially if we get winds", she said.

The fire has burned 31.2 square miles (80.81 sq. kilometers) of grass, brush and trees since starting Sunday about 10 miles southeast of Green Valley. All the nuns ended up staying at a bed-and-breakfast.

Fire management team spokesman Manny Cordova said some mop-up has begun where the fire has calmed down, but he said the worst may not be over. Despite Arizona recording one of its best winter in years in terms of rain and snowfall, experts estimate the southern two-thirds of the state will experience higher-than-usual fire danger by the summer. Almost 90 other homes have been voluntarily evacuated, KGUN-TV reported.

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The evacuation centers are located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds (3142 Highway 83, Sonoita) and the Southeastern Regional Park Shooting Range (11296 S. Harrison Road, Tucson).

"A full suppression strategy is being employed to protect nearby values at risk including homes, ranches and outbuildings, communications facilities, powerlines, and the Arizona National Scenic Trail", Andrews said.

The Type 3 team that was managing the fire burning in and around the Santa Rita Mountains southeast of Tucson was replaced late Tuesday by a high-level Type 2 team, and the Type 2 itself is going to be replaced by a Type 1 team.

"We have roughly 360 people on the fire at the moment".

A DC-10 airliner and almost 400 personnel had been modified to battle the blaze, local KTAR TV reported, saying that eight Phoenix-area fire departments, which are based 250 kilometers away, send firefighters or equipment to join the fight.

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