TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Arizona State Forestry says an estimated 40-acre fire is burning about nine miles northwest of Sasabe.
As of Friday afternoon, the Macho Fire is burning 309 acres, according to Arizona State Forestry.
The agency first reported it around 7 p.m. Thursday.
Officials say the fire is on the south end of the Baboquivari Mountains.
Crews say because of safety and not being able to access the fire, they are monitoring it and plan to engage Friday morning. Thursday night, crews made an attempt to attack the fire by air and crews were assigned.
#MachoFire - lines held over night, but strong winds are expected today. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the area through 8pm w/gusts up to 50mph. Two hand crews & engines remain assigned. Fire is NW of #Sasabe on southern end of Baboquivari Mountains #AZFire #AZForestry pic.twitter.com/zKt21uhH41— AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) May 22, 2021
Crews on #MachoFire have stopped forward progress & cont. to battle high winds, dry conditions & rugged terrain. Fire is 309 acres. Aircraft working in conjunction w/hand crews. Fire located 9 mi. NW #Sasabe. 📷Chris Ader, Three Points FD. Aerial📷Air Attack. #AZFire #AZForestry pic.twitter.com/Zak0Fnk3b7— AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) May 21, 2021
#MachoFire update: 2 hand crews & engines engaged on fire this am, but high winds making suppression efforts difficult. Mapped at 308 acres. It is burning w/n difficult terrain, on S. end of Baboquivari Mtns., 9 mi. NW #Sasabe Helos & AA assisting. #PimaCounty #AZForestry #AZFire pic.twitter.com/vyTP9KArCb— AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) May 21, 2021
Due to inaccessibility & safety concerns crews unable to engage on #MachoFire tonight, but will monitor the fire overnight & engage in the morning. Fire is approximately 40+ acres & is burning on S. end of the Baboquivari Mtns., 9 mi. NW #Sasabe #PimaCounty #AZForestry #AZFire pic.twitter.com/JC9miCaH5n— AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) May 21, 2021