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The Ocotillo Fire

Updated: Jun 10


The fire started Saturday afternoon off Ocotillo Road. An estimated 500 residences were evacuated on Saturday.


With the fire rapidly growing 177 personnel were assigned to the fire from statewide fire departments to response helicopters, and of course our very own Tankers 910 and 912.



Here’s an on-site report by Ben McMillan from WeatherNation.

Crews worked against hot temps, very dry conditions, wind gusts & low humidity. The fire began exhibiting signs of extreme behavior and were dangerously close to homes and business, time was of the essence.



Here we have an impressive video of one of our tankers making a drop right over a residential area.


Courtesy of local, Justine, whom you can hear shouting

“CLOSE THE WINDOWS!”

right before the drop.


There was minimal fire activity from Sunday to Monday night, on what already was a 980-acre fire, which destroyed 8 homes & 12 secondary structures. In spite of the chaos, crews continued to make excellent progress.




On Monday (June 1) AZ state forestry has reported that containment has reached 67% and evacuation orders will be lifted on Tuesday, June 2 at noon.

As of today, the evacuation order has been lifted. As containment of the Ocotillo Fire continues to build, more and more resources are being directed to other fires nearby.


Tankers 910 & 912 have completed 6 missions combined and dropped over 46,600 gallons of fire retardant over Ocotillo.




Photos by {jdh}IMAGES


Currently, our efforts are focused on taking down the 18,000 acre Sawtooth Fire nearby. More updates later this week...




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