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Cochise County Williams Fire 80% contained

Residents advised to keep windows closed
Brushfire near Hereford, Ariz.
Posted at 4:34 PM, Apr 03, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-05 17:32:18-04

COCHISE COUNTY, Ariz. (KGUN) — UPDATE: April 5, 2023 at 2:23 p.m.

According to the Bureau of Land Management, 80% of the fire has been contained.

Three crews and three engines are still monitoring the fire lines and mopping up internal hotspots.

UPDATE: 4:20 p.m.

The Bureau of Land Management says they have mapped the fire at 1,320 acres.

Containment is still 25% as crews monitor fire lines and mop up hot spots.


UPDATE: 11:50 a.m.

In an update from the Bureau of Land Management, forward progress of the Williams Fire has stopped, and it is 25% contained.

The agency says it expects to provide an update of the fire's total acreage once weather permits aerial mapping efforts.


UPDATE: 11:45 p.m.

The Williams fire is now at 500 acres.

It destroyed two primary structures and two to three smaller buildings.

Aravaipa and Mesa Interagency Hotshot crews, two inmate crews and 13 engines worked on the fire, making good progress despite the windy conditions.

UPDATE: 9:45 p.m.

All evacuation orders were lifted around 8:15 p.m..

Fire officials warn residents that air quality is still affected and to keep your windows closed. The cause of the fire is still being investigated and remains unknown.

“We did lose a couple of structures, I believe there’s one home maybe a couple of out buildings, maybe two homes I can’t say for sure," said Fry Fire District's Deputy Chief, Kaleb Mauzy.

No injuries have been reported.

UPDATE: 6:15 p.m.

According to the Bureau of Land Management, the Williams Fire has spread to more than 150 acres in Cochise County, and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office has evacuated Copper Glance Raod and Palominas Road, east and south of Hereford Road.

Road closures include:

  • Highway 92
  • Palominas Road
  • Hereford Road

A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Monday night, wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour. Drivers should expect reduced visibility.


The Cochise County Sheriff's Office responded to a brush fire on Highway 191 in the Elfrida area on April 3 around 11:40 a.m.

Around 1:06 p.m. another brush fire was reported in the 8800 block of South Williams Road in Hereford.

At 2 p.m. evacuations were placed for the area of Foudy Road, Copper Glance, North of Waters and South of Hereford Road.

Hereford Road is closed east of Palominas Road and south to Highway 92 along with Palominas Road is closed south to Highway 92.

The fire moved north east of the area.

Road Closures Confirmed:

  • Hereford Road at Copper Glance south to Highway 92.
  • Palominas Road at Hereford Road south to Highway 92.
  • Palominas Road at Three Canyons.

Entire area closed for traffic in this area, please avoid until further notice.
At 3:10 p.m. residents on Red Mountain off of Foudy were advised to evacuate.

Cochise County Animal Control Officers are on the scene and responding to assistance calls.

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