- Associated Press - Monday, June 12, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on Arizona wildfires (all times local):

11:10 a.m.

Cochise County authorities say some residents who have evacuated the area to escape a wildfire burning near Dragoon can return to their homes.

Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the county Sheriff’s Office, said the fire team is confident that southern Arizona residents who live outside the Cochise Stronghold can safely return.

Seneca Smith, a spokeswoman for the fire, said evacuation warnings for those who live within the Cochise Stronghold remain in place. It is unclear how many homes are still affected.

Capas added residents should stay prepared in case weather conditions cause the fire to change unexpectedly. Smoke in the area could also irritate those with respiratory conditions.

The American Red Cross has closed the shelter established for displaced residents, though Capas said no residents were staying at the shelter.


This story has been corrected to say only some evacuation orders were lifted, and it is unknown how many homes were affected.


8:25 a.m.

Cochise County authorities say a wildfire burning near Dragoon poses the most serious threat to area residents out of four wildfires occurring in the southeastern Arizona county.

The Sheriff’s Office says the lightning-caused fire near Dragoon has burned 23.4 square miles (60.6 sq. kilometers) of tall grass and brush and is contained around 15 percent of its perimeter.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Carol Capas says evacuations remain in effect for parts of Dragoon and Cochise Stronghold, another community in the area.

The American Red Cross has established a shelter and reception facility at Valley Union High School in Elfrida for displaced residents but Capas says no residents are staying at the shelter so far.


This story has been corrected to say that no residents were staying at the shelter.


7:30 a.m.

Multiple wildfires are burning across Arizona as authorities warn of dangerous conditions in large areas of eastern and northern Arizona for fires to grow and others to start.

An “urgent fire weather measure” issued Monday morning by the National Weather Service says strong winds and low humidity prompted red flag warnings for much of northern and eastern Arizona into Monday evening.

The state Department of Forestry and Fire Management says firefighters from multiple agencies were working to suppress nearly 30 fires as of Sunday.

State Forester Jeff Whitney says fires of particular concern include ones burning near Black Canyon City north of Phoenix, along the Mogollon Rim east of Pine and near Dragoon in southeastern Arizona.

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