Sawmill Fire briefing held tonight for J6/Mescal residents

Marvin McCabe and firefighters Kenny Read and Wes Green departed early Wednesday with Brush Engine 716 to meet up with other brush engines from Mohave County to form a strike team, according to Bullhead City Fire Department spokeswoman Lori Viles.

Fire management team spokesman Manny Cordova says winds Tuesday were 35 miles per hour but Wednesday are expected to only range between 8-12 miles per hour. before picking up later in the week. State fire officials will be offering the briefing at the church, 714 S. J6 Ranch Road.

He says several communities in the area are under pre-evacuation.

Those included 11 nuns ordered from their abbey on the Santa Ritas' western foothills Monday but allowed to return Tuesday after the fire changed direction.

The fire started Sunday about 10 miles (16.1 kilometers) southeast of Green Valley, then swept across the Santa Rita Mountains.

The nuns all stayed at a bed-and-breakfast.

Crews battling the fire southeast of Tucson got a break Wednesday as winds lessoned after the fire crossed the Santa Rita Mountains after starting Sunday about 10 miles (16.1 kilometers) southeast of Green Valley.

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These conditions created the ideal combination for a fire, a Green Valley Fire Department spokesperson told KGUN, and all it needed was a small spark.

With winds expected to pick up again, "we're hoping that they're able to grab this handle today", Capas said of firefighters' efforts Wednesday.

The fire's management team was upgraded late Tuesday from a Type 3 team to a Type 2 team, and a Type 1 team was scheduled to assemble Wednesday and take command Thursday, officials said.

The fire has been elevated to Type I status because of its complexity, according to the Southwest Incident Management Team. The higher level teams have more personnel and more experience in fighting large and complex fires, he said. "Our biggest problem is the house is covered with slurry", he wrote, adding that a crew from the Sonoita-Elgin Fire District washed the slurry off his house, which is in the Singing Valley area near Sonoita.

There were no reports of injuries from the wildfire, and it wasn't yet known if structures were damaged, said Lt. John Cambra, a fire incident commander.

Almost 390 people are assigned to the fire along with multiple aircraft and dozens of fire engines.

  • Stacy Houston