Some fire crews to be cleared from southern Arizona wildfire

Posted at 5:40 PM, Apr 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-30 01:42:38-04

Officials say fire crews are gaining a handle on a southern Arizona wildfire that started Sunday.

The Coronado National Forest and Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said Saturday that the fire about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of the small city of Green Valley didn't spread overnight.

It has burned 73.4 square miles (190 square kilometers) of grass, brush and trees but as of Saturday morning was now 89 percent contained.

Officials called it a success and said they'll start to release some fire crew members.

The Hilton Ranch area, which is northwest of the Sawmill Fire, was released from pre-evacuation status around 3 p.m. Saturday. 

But hundreds of homes nearby that could be affected will remain under pre-evacuation notices, including Rain Valley and J-6.

The U.S. Border Patrol said Thursday one of its agents was being investigating for possibly starting the fire while off duty and shooting a gun recreationally.