Crews Battling Wildfire Near Chiricahua National Monument

Published: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 8:20am
Updated: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 11:35am
Sean Cox/USFS
Firefighters burning out along FR42 on May 12, 2018.

The Chiricahua National Monument is closed because of an active wildfire near the Pinery Canyon campgrounds in Cochise County.

Authorities say the fire began Saturday afternoon and is estimated at 1.8 square miles as of Sunday morning.

The fire continues to burn in the bluffs of the Chiricahua Mountain and hot shot crews remain on the scene. There's no report of any injuries or structures burned, but crews will be scouting the White Tail Canyon area for structure protection.

Authorities say there are about eight cabins in the area and the occupants have been given pre-evacuation notices.

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management officials say it's been determined that the fire was human-caused, beginning on private land and spreading to the area of the Chiricahua National Monument.

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