Firefighters continue working through the day and overnight doing hand line construction around the fire to keep it within its current footprint. Milder and favorable weather has been assisting in those suppression efforts and allowed firefighters to stop the fire’s forward progress Wednesday night. Five hand crews assigned have containment increased to 30% along the western flank of the fire, just east of the community of Elgin. Crews are also cold trailing the fire to ensure no heat remains along the fire line. Engines are assigned to patrol the perimeter of the fire and monitor for any interior smokes. The threat to structures and infrastructure has significantly decreased, but crews remain alert for any possible rekindles or wind shifts which could ignite any hot spots that remain.
The fire is still south of State Route 82, smoldering and creeping within grass, brush, and chaparral in steep and semi-remote terrain in the Mustang Mountain range, northeast of Elgin. State and federal fire investigators arrived on the incident trying to determine a point of origin and cause of the fire.
On Friday, May 27, 2022, at 8 am, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management will transition the fire to a Type 4
DFFM Incident Commander. Crews will continue operating under the same objectives and ensuring the fire stays within its
current footprint, protecting nearby structures and infrastructure, and establishing 100% suppression of the fire. The fire
started Monday, May 23, approximately 1⁄4 mile northeast of Elgin in Santa Cruz County. An estimated 200 personnel remain
assigned to the fire including, DFFM, the Bureau of Land Management, the Coronado National Forest, and local cooperators.
Aircraft remains on standby and is ready to assist, if needed.
Start date – Monday, May 23, 2022
Size – 2,149 acres
Containment – 30%
Location – ¼ mile NE of Elgin
Cause- Under Investigation
Arizona Department of Transportation: Dial 511