Elgin Bridge Fire decreased in size to 2,149 acres

Elgin Bridge Fire
Posted at 1:42 PM, May 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-27 14:25:39-04


Firefighters say the flames are about 73% contained.


The Elgin Bridge wildfire has decreased in size to 2,149 acres, per forestry officials.

According to Arizona State Forestry, the Elgin Bridge Fire is about a quarter of a mile northeast of Elgin.

Structures were threatened and evacuations were declared Monday. The blaze moved northeast through heavy grass, advancing up Mustang Mountain.

Currently, crews report the fire is 30% contained.


Firefighters main object Tuesday is to keep the fire from moving east near kilovolt (kV) lines which supply power to Fort Huachuca and Sierra Vista.

Containment crews are also working to keep flames from spreading southeast, protecting the Babacomari Ranch.

Multiple engines, Arizona Forestry hand crews, tenders and aircraft, including Very Large Air Tankers (VLATs), Large Air Tankers (LATs), Air Attack, and helicopters were assigned and helped to control flames.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office had closed roads in the area, due to the fire.

However, deputies have since lifted the evacuation calls and reopened these closed roads.

A Red Flag Warning is still in place for the southeastern portion of the state.

In the video below a DC10 air tanker drops retardant on the Elgin Bridge Fire, helping to make some areas in the drop zone too wet to burn.

Elgin Bridge Fire - Roads blocked evac in progress

The Sonoita-Elgin Fire District is also on scene.

Firefighters are classifying this fire as a "Type 3 incident."

The Red Cross has also responded to the fire, offering services.

It has opened a shelter at the Patagonia Community United Methodist Church at 387 McKeown Ave. in Patagonia.

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