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Adams Robles Complex Fire grows to 5100 acres

Cochise County Sheriff's Office lifts SET status Friday afternoon
Robles Fire
Posted at 4:22 AM, Jul 20, 2023

COCHISE COUNTY, Ariz. (KGUN) — UDPATED 07/21 — 1:45 p.m.

Cochise County Sheriff's Office lifted the 'SET' evacuation status as of noon Friday.

UPDATED 07/21 — 11:30 p.m

Overnight winds from the northeast resulted 'extreme fire behavior' on Adams Peak, according to AZDFFM, which moved the fire from the peak down into flatter areas to the west and north.

Air Attack reported the current size of the Adams portion of the fire complex at 2100 acres, bringing the total size of the Adams Robles complex to 5100.

AZDFFM says crews were able to make overnight progress on the containment lines of the Robles fire. They say crews are taking proactive measures to protect a nearby Cochise County communications infrastructure.

Cochise County Sheriff's Office says the area between I-10, Dragoon Road and Touchstone Road is in SET pre-evacuation status.

I-10 and Dragoon Road remain open to traffic, though drivers are urged to use caution on I-10 in the even that visibility is lowered due to smoke.

UPDATED 12:15 p.m

The two fires, now dubbed the Adams Robles Complex Fire, have grown to a combined 3500 acres as of noon Thursday, according to Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

The fires have not merged, but are being managed as a single incident.

SET evacuation status remains in place, and I-10 is still open at this time. AZDFFM says drivers should proceed with caution in the event smoke obscures visibility.

About 150 fire personnel are working the fires.

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Evacuation orders are in place for the Robles fire burning east of Benson, Arizona.

Arizona State Forestry says the fire has burned about 100 acres so far. Department leaders also added that the fire is at risk of damaging multiple communication towers and structures in the area.

Robles Fire Evacuations
Robles Fire Evacuations

According to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office the area between I-10, Dragoon Road and Touchstone Road is currently in 'SET' status.

Another 5-acre fire known as the Adam's Peak Fire is burning on the mountain range of the same name, just north of I-10 from where the Robles Fire is currently burning. Over the course of Wednesday, July 19, the Adam's Peak Fire grew closer to I-10.

Fire leaders say drivers should proceed with caution when heading on I-10 in the area.

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