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UPDATES: Post Fire is 95% contained at 921 acres

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Posted at 3:06 PM, Jun 22, 2023

UPDATE JUNE 25

Arizona State Forestry reports the fire is 95% containes at 921 acres.

Updated on June 23, 2023 at 8:25 p.m.

Arizona State Forestry reports the Post Fire is now at 921 acres and 75% has been contained.

UPDATED ON JUNE 23 at 9:43 a.m.

Crews are working to protect infrastructure, according to the The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

AZDFFM warns fire activity could increase today. It stayed within its footprint overnight, but interior pockets continue to burn.

The fire remains at 1,200 acres and 5% containment.

UPDATED ON JUNE 23 AT 6:02 a.m.

ADOT says SR 90 has now reopened between I-10 and SR 82, with one lane currently available in both directions.

UPDATE 9:45 PM

Fire crews have stopped forward progress.

About 1,200 acres have burned in a wind-driven fire, although it is only 5% contained.

SR 90 is only reopened to residents.

According to CCSO, "GO notifications have been lifted. SR 90 remains closed at this time. Approximately 200+ personnel assigned."

UPDATE 8:15 PM

SR 90 reopened.

UPDATE 4:47 p.m.

The Post Fire has reached 620 acres and has jumped State Route 90 between Interstate 10 and Sierra Vista. SR 90 is closed in both directions between Interstate 10 and State Route 82 in both directions, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Kartchner Caverns State Park has lost power due to the fire and is closed.

Evacuations for the Whetstone Canyons and Highway 90 areas are currently in 'GO' status, according to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

Areas in 'SET' status are urged to have belongings packed and ready in the even of evacuations. CCSO is sharing updated evacuation information via the department's Facebook page.

Crews fighting Post include, five hand crews, 12 engines, large air tankers, very large air tankers and helicopters.

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While the Wildhorse Fire burns southeast of Sierra Vista, another fire, the Post Fire, is at 10 acres about 7 miles southwest of Benson.

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management reports on its Facebook page that the fire started at around 1 p.m. and multiple structures are threatened.

Large air tankers have been requested, but high winds are causing problems for air support.