Sawmill Fire final update

May 1, 2017 - 9:20 pm

Tomorrow, May 2, at 6:00 a.m., Bea Day’s Type 1 Incident Management Team (IMT) will transition management of the Sawmill Fire back to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, the Coronado National Forest, and the Bureau of Land Management. 

“Our suppression efforts were successful due to the tireless hard work performed by the firefighters and cooperators who worked in partnership with the team,” stated Southwest Area Incident Commander Bea Day. 

The number of personnel assigned to the fire continues to decrease due to successful suppression efforts. As of May 2, approximately 40 personnel (three engines, one handcrew and miscellaneous overhead) will remain assigned to the incident. Firefighters will continue mop up and patrol operations to ensure the edge of the fire perimeter is secure.

Firefighter and public safety remains the first priority. Objectives remain full suppression of the fire while protecting surrounding communities and infrastructure.

Travel delays will occur on State Route 83 between Interstate 10 and Sonoita as crews repair guardrail damage from the Sawmill Fire. The affected area is from about milepost 41 to 44. The speed limit is 35 mph today and Tuesday, May 2, to keep the area safe for drivers and workers. Updates will be available on the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Travel Information Site at, on their page Facebook at, on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT), or by calling 511.

The Incident Command Post located at the Santa Cruz Fairground will close tonight, May 1. The Sonoita Horse Racing event scheduled at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds for the weekend of May 6 and 7 is still on schedule.

Fire details:

Acres: 46,991 (based on GPS by helicopter)

Start Date: April 23, 2017

Cause: Human caused, under investigation

Origin Location: 10 miles southeast of Green Valley, Arizona

Containment: 96%

Fuels: Tall grass, riparian woodland, mesquite/oak brush, oak woodland, and pinyon-juniper

Total personnel: Approximately 242


Inciweb ( will remain the source for fire information. 

For information in the future, please contact the local unit contacts:

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management Fire Information, 602-540-1036 or [email protected]

Coronado National Forest Fire Information: 520-388-8484

Coronado National Forest, Nogales Ranger District: 520-281-2296 (Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri)

Bureau of Land Management Fire Information, 520-345-2825 or 602-828-8737