Wildfire burning in Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson

  • Source: Tucson News Now
  • Published: 10/04/2017 03:25 AM

A wildfire is burning in the Santa Rita Mountains about eight miles north of Patagonia in Walker Canyon. Coronado National Forest officials say it's being called the Walker Fire. The 200-acre fire is burning in a remote area. The Forest Service says the Sonoita Fire Station reported the fire Monday afternoon. But rough terrain limited access and shifting winds limited firefighters' ability to jump on the blaze. The winds also moved the fire into rugged terrain, which prevented crews from fighting it overnight. Three hotshot crews, four Type II hand crews, and air support will join one crew already on the ground by Tuesday. The Forest Service believes the fire was human-caused, since there was no lightning in the area.


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