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Cumero Fire Update July 6

Cumero Fire Wildfire
News – 7/6/2018


July 6, 2018: 6:00 p.m.


§ Nogales Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest

§ Latitude: 31.454 Longitude: -111.447

§ Near Sasabe, Arizona

Start Date: July 5, 2018 Size: Approximately 3,825 acres (3,625 acres in US and 200 in Mexico)Change in acreage proportions is due to more accurate mapping

Percent Contained: 40% Cause: Under Investigation Vegetation: Tall grass and brush

Summary: On July 5, 2018 a smoke was reported to the southeast of Sasabe, AZ along the US and Mexico border. The Cumero fire is burning in grass from Cumero Mountain to the interior of Mexico.

Today the west side of the fire held with most activity on Cumero Mountain. The incident exhibited moderate fire behavior, but with a direct suppression strategy growth was minimal. Firefighters are actively working to suppress and secure the fire’s perimeter.

Aerial resources are being utilized.

Structures Threatened: Garcia Ranch and communication towers


1. Provide for firefighter and public safety.

2. Assess holding features and values at risk to develop best possible strategy.

3. Full suppression

Fire Behavior: Moderate fire behavior.

Resources Assigned and Ordered:

§ Crews: 5

§ Engines: 10

§ Helicopters: 3

§ Water Tenders: 3

§ Air Attack: 2

§ Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT) 2

§ Type 1 Air Tanker: 1

§ Miscellaneous Overhead


A temporary flight restriction is in effect over the fire area, and remains in place until further notice. This restriction includes “drones” or unmanned aerial vehicles. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!” Aerial fire suppression resources will be grounded if drones enter the restricted airspace, which could result in serious consequences.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect on the Coronado National Forest. Please refer to for additional information.

Fire Weather: Hot, dry conditions will prevail over the next few days with a chance of thunderstorms in the area.

For updates please call Cumero Fire Public Information Officer Ali Bickford at (520) 539-8065 or see the Coronado National Forest Facebook page at and/or Inciweb at