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Wildfire burns 1,200 acres in Cochise County; pre-evacuations in place

Posted at 3:58 PM, May 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-13 13:33:43-04

A wildfire is continuing to burn in Cochise County Sunday morning and has grown to 1,200 acres since reported.

The Pinery Fire was first reported around 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Cochise County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Carol Capas said a grassfire started on private land in the area of south Pinery Canyon.

Officials believe the fire was human-caused. The exact cause is under investigation.

Since its start, the fire has moved north-east into the Coronado National Forest and Chiricahua Mountains. It is approximately 29 miles southeast of Willcox.

Crews are actively working to get the fire under control.

Several campground sites were evacuated due to the Pinery Fire as of 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Officials have issued pre-evacuation orders for an area inclusive of about 8 homes.

Capas says there are no emergency lodging facilities open at this time "due to the small number of evacuees who are also equipped as campers."

Stay with KGUN9-TV and for more information as it becomes available.