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San Rafael Fire grows to 11,620 acres with 17 percent containment

San Rafael Fire
Posted at 1:43 PM, May 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-09 02:04:46-04

Wednesday, May 11

9:21 a.m.

The fire grew to 11,620 acres and is now 17 percent contained.

There are 200 crew members assigned to the fire, including seven hand crews, 11 engines and three water tenders.

Today, crews will work to increase containment and patrol the fire to ensure the line is stable as afternoon winds pick up.

The Canelo South area remains in SET evacuation protocol. The other residents in the area returned to READY status.

Forest Road 799 remains closed.

Monday, May 9

12:30 p.m.

Arizona State Forestry has closed the Arizona trail due to the blaze.

The trail is closed from Parker Canyon Lake to Harshaw Road.

9:45 a.m.

According to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, nearly 120 people are assigned to the fire.

On Monday, the blaze reached 10,562 acres with no containment.

Close to 80 people evacuated their homes.

Those who live in the area south of State Route 83, near Canelo Pass Road and Forest Road 799, were asked to evacuate and are in "GO" status.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office reports SET evacuation status for people northeast of State Route 83 and Forest Road 799. The area south of State Route 83, in the area of Canelo Pass Road.

The Red Cross set up a shelter for evacuees at the United Methodist Community Church, 387 McKeown Avenue, in Patagonia.

8:40 a.m.

According to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, the fire grew to 10,000 acres.

Single-engine air tankers and air attack have been ordered, but high winds could make it difficult for the aircraft to fly.

The blaze is burning 20 miles southeast of Patagonia in the San Rafael State Natural Area.

Sunday, May 8

Arizona State Forestry officials say evacuations are currently underway in Santa Cruz County because of a wildfire spreading near Patagonia.

The San Rafael Fire started Saturday night on May 7th and has grown to 10,000 acres, officials say. Two Single Engine Air Tankers and an Air Attack Platform have been ordered.

Arizona State Forestry says a Red Flag Warning is in place Sunday for most of Arizona.

Officials say wind gusts and low humitiy will pose a challenge for firefighters.

Arizona State Forestry says State Route 83 is now back open northbound and south of Sonoita between mileposts 13 and 3.

For road updates please dial 5-1-1.

Coronado National Forest says the American Red Cross has established an evacuation center at the United Methodist Patagonia Community Church, 387 McKeown Ave, Patagonia.