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Crews monitor Locklin Fire in Bisbee overnight

Locklin Fire in Bisbee
Posted at 11:01 PM, Apr 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-27 08:11:01-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The residents of Bisbee are no stranger to the danger of wildfires.

"There have been several fires that I've lived through, none that have come close to our home, but we can watch. We can watch them from our yard," said resident, Danielle Bouchever.

Since March, there have been five fires in Bisbee. All are under investigation.

"Typically we average 2 to 3 fires a year. We've already exceeded that in the last couple of months," said Bisbee Fire Department Lieutenant, Robert Cline.

The Locklin Fire has grown to 106 acres. It's 30% contained. Evacuated residents are allowed to return home.

"We're going to have people watching the fire overnight to make sure the homeowners in the area feel comfortable," said Corey Guerin with Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

Looking ahead, firefighters are most worried about strong winds.

"Right now, they're dealing with possible red flag warnings tomorrow. We also have strong winds, gusts up to 30, 35 MPH tomorrow. That's definitely going to challenge the crews," said Guerin.

Bouchever has already created a defensible space around her home. It's something she has encouraged her neighbors to do in order to stay safe.

"It's important to make sure that your community is aware of what is going on at any given moment, that we are all communicating, sharing resources and helping each other out when needed," said Bouchever.

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