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Border Patrol: 2,600-acre Presumido Peak Fire started by migrants

No structures are threatened at this time
Posted: 12:08 PM, Mar 28, 2022
Updated: 2022-03-29 16:22:36-04
Presumido Peak Fire 3/28/22
A wildfire spread north of Sasabe Monday. Courtesy Inciweb.

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — A human-caused wildfire spread north of Sasabe Monday.

According to Inciweb, the Presumido Peak Fire grew to 2,600 acres on Monday after starting Saturday about 20 miles north by northwest of Sasabe.

According to the U.S. Border Patrol, three Mexican national migrants turned themselves into the agency, saying the fire they started had gotten out of control. The three suspects were processed for expedited removal and sent to Mexico.

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said that the fire grew 600 throughout Monday as firefighters dealt with wind gusts up to 40mph throughout the day.

69 firefighters are currently working to contain the flames. A number of resources have been sent to help with the fire including a Very Large Air Tanker, a Large Air Tanker, and a helicopter.

The Department of Forestry and Fire Management is working with local fire departments to battle the flames.

No structures are threatened at this time.

"As of right now the fire isn't in an area where it can endanger people," Corey Guerin, a Public Information Officer with the Department of Forestry and Fire Management, said. " The nearest structure is about a quarter mile from the fire. The fire is not moving in that direction but if it definitely did we would definitely start following the protocols to start evacuating people."

The fire is currently 0% contained, but Geurin said that incoming rain would help.

"Hopefully if we can get some good weather, some favorable weather, maybe some rain, we can possibly see that containment going up."

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