The Triple 2 Fire, which started in Mexico, crossed the international border into Arizona on May 10 at about 4 p.m. The fire is estimated at approximately 600 acres in Mexico but has burned only several acres on the Coronado National Forest.
The fire is human caused but of unknown origin. Bomberos in Mexico are actively working to suppress the fire. Their efforts appear to be successful as much less smoke could be seen rising by late afternoon today. Three crews of Coronado National Forest firefighters on the U.S. side have worked to prevent fire from crossing west across East Walker Canyon. Using terrain features and water drops from helicopters with suspended buckets, firefighters have isolated and halted the spread of the portion of the fire already burning on the Forest.
The potential remains for area winds to again push fire across the border in another area from the larger body of fire in Mexico. If efforts by Mexican crews prove successful, this potential will subside over the next 24 to 48 hours. No structures are currently threatened. Little smoke was visible from Rio Rico and Nogales by late afternoon.
Visitors should be aware that heavy truck traffic from incident vehicles and helicopters flying to and from Pena Blanca Lake will be encountered along Ruby Road and in the immediate area. Avoiding the area until the fire has been suppressed is advised but for now the road remains open.