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Evacuation order lifted as crews continue to contain wildfire burning near Cochise

COCHISE, Ariz. (KVOA) - The evacuation notice in Cochise has been downgraded to Pre-Evacuation (SET) status after a wildfire ignited in southeastern Arizona Tuesday afternoon.

According to officials, a wildfire ignited near the Cochise Stronghold Campground. With the blaze initially projected to travel north, emergency officials originally ordered residents living near and in Cochise to immediately evacuate the area.

The evacuation notice has since been downgraded to Pre-Evacuation (SET) status.

According to officials, the fire is burning at a campground off of Dragoon Road.

With the fire growing to 50 acres of land, emergency responders are currently monitoring the scene and making progress in containment.

Crews with the Sunsites-Pearce Fire District and the U.S. Forest Service were dispatched to work the blaze. Type 3 tenders was also dispatched to assist in the incident.

SSVEC electric company crews have also been dispatched to the scene to access power poles in the area. Power has since been restored.

The public has been advised to monitor Cochise County Sheriff's Office - Mark J. Dannels Sheriff's Facebook Page or visit cochise.az.gov/emergency for the latest developments.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office has been advised of a wildland fire approximately in the Cochise Stronghold 1.5...

Posted by Cochise County Sheriff's Office - Mark J. Dannels Sheriff on Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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