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Fire torches 5 acres, 6 structures in Bisbee

Posted: 6:53 PM, May 15, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-16 16:13:22-04
Structure fire in Old Bisbee near Star Avenue
Structure fire in Old Bisbee near Star Avenue
Structure fire in Old Bisbee near Star Avenue
Structure fire in Old Bisbee near Star Avenue
Structure fire in Old Bisbee near Star Avenue
Structure fire in Old Bisbee near Star Avenue
Structure fire in Old Bisbee near Star Avenue
Structure fire in Old Bisbee near Star Avenue
Structure fire in Old Bisbee near Star Avenue

Multiple agencies responded to a structure fire in Old Bisbee. 

According to Carol Capas with the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, the fire is near Star Avenue. About 50 firefighters remained on scene Monday to put out remaining hot spots.

Moon Canyon is open and Tombstone Canyon from Highway 80 to Moon Canyon remains closed.

The fire started after 5 p.m. Monday and covered 5.1 acres. Six structures, all abandoned, were damaged.

The fire started in a vacant home but the cause is under investigation.

Multiple homes in the area have been evacuated according to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office. 

At least 50 people have been evacuated according to Interim Deputy Chief of Police Christopher Long.

Capas says the main concern is that the fire is on a hill and the wind could cause the fire to spread through the surrounding grassy area quickly.

An informational phone line is available for anyone with questions at 520-432-6021.

An Emergency Operations Center is being set up at Bisbee City Hall.

An evacuation center has been set up at St. Patrick's Church.

Some of the agencies responding are Bisbee Police, Bisbee Fire, Elfrida Fire Department, Naco Fire Department, San Jose Fire Department, and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

Air units are dropping slurry in an effort to stop the spread of the fire.