Tacna fire evacuees return home

UPDATE: June 9, 2016 10:00 p.m.

Those evacuated in the fire were able to safely return to their homes Wednesday night. The size of the fire is estimated at 923 acres.

The Arizona Forestry says the fire is 50 percent contained. Carrie Dennett an officer for Arizona State Fire says, “right now, firefighters are reporting creeping, smoldering fire behavior with some isolated torching.” Dennett says they do not anticipate the fire to grow in size.

Firefighters are attempting to completely contain the fire that has been burning since Tuesday. Tacna Fire and Wellton Fire Department are both released from assisting efforts with the fire. 

Windy weather in Tacna is making firefighters task more difficult. Dennett says they are taking precautions to make sure the fire won’t spread. “Right now, the incident commander has kept three type two crews, five engines, a helicopter two water tenders and three dozers.”

Officials say they do not know when the fire will be 100 percent contained, but hope it will be in the next few days. 

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UPDATE: June 9, 2016 9:30 a.m.

Tacna Fire says the 38E fire is now 99 percent contained as of this morning.

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TACNA, Ariz. – Arizona State Forestry officials said a fire in Tacna, Ariz has lead to the evacuation of five homes.

According to the state website, the fire has burned 904 acres. It is 40 percent contained.

The fire sparked Tuesday at about 2 p.m. It is located about eight miles northeast of Wellton, Ariz.

There are 75 firefighters battling the blaze. The fire is being fueled by salt cedar in the river bottom.

Several groups and agencies are battling the blaze, including the Wellton Fire Department, Tacna Fire, and the Bureau of Land Management.

Officials said the fire may have been sparked by someone burning a wheat field in what was meant to be a controlled burn, but according to the state website the fire is still under investigation.

The fire trail runs about three miles long, from Avenue 36E to Avenue 38E, just north of Interstate 8.

Crews will be working overnight to fully contain the blaze.

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