Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management - State Office
1110 W. Washington Suite 100 Phoenix Arizona 85007
Phoenix, AZ 85007
CONTAINMENT INCREASES ON OCOTILLO FIRE AND EVACUATION ORDER TO BE LIFTED TUESDAY
Phoenix, AZ (6/1/2020) – Crews continue to make excellent progress on the Ocotillo Fire and have reached 67% containment. While active fire does remain within parts of the fire perimeter, crews are monitoring and patrolling the fire line checking for hotspots and smoldering debris.
Utility cooperators have worked diligently over the last few days to get electricity restored, to remove downed power poles and lines, and to mitigate leaking propane tanks.
Due to the substantial progress being made on the fire line and around the burn area, residents can safely return home Tuesday.
So, Tuesday at noon, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will lift the remainder of the evacuation order for residents impacted by the Ocotillo Fire.
A portion of the evacuation order was lifted Sunday and some residents were able to return home.
“We know residents are anxious to get back into their homes and we certainly appreciate everyone’s patience with the evacuation order and the repopulation planning process. It was important for us, the Sheriff’s Office, and the town that we did it methodically, safely, and timely,’ said Darrell Willis Ocotillo Fire Incident Commander.
The 980-acre fire started Saturday afternoon, along Ocotillo Road, roughly one mile northwest of Cave Creek. The human-caused fire forced the evacuation of an estimated 500 residences, destroyed eight homes, and 12 secondary structures.
More information can be found on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6728/.