Elgin Bridge Fire: The latest on the wildfire in southern Arizona

By Matthew Casey, Scott Daniels
Published: Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 3:44pm
Updated: Friday, May 27, 2022 - 7:52am

Elgin Bridge Fire
An aerial view of the Elgin Bridge Fire on May 24, 2022.

May 26: Crews look to build on recent gains 

Officials say a southern Arizona wildfire, which forced evacuations that have since been lifted, is now 30% contained.

The roughly 2,149-acre Elgin Bridge Fire is burning on Mustang Mountain, about a quarter mile northeast of Elgin, near the Santa Cruz and Cochise County line.

Tiffany Davila with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said firefighters set out to build containment lines to protect communities west of the blaze and a ranch to the southeast.

“Crews are making good strides on the fire. There is not a lot of smoke showing within the interior of the fire,” said Davila.

Mild weather let firefighters stop forward progress on Wednesday night.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

May 24: Fire breaks out in Santa Cruz County

A fire broke out Monday near Elgin in Santa Cruz County.

Tiffany Davila is with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. She spoke Tuesday about priorities in fighting the fire.

“There’s some high-voltage power lines just to the east of the fire that basically supply power to all of Fort Huachuca and Sierra Vista so that is a high-priority objective today on the fire," said Davila.

Davila said there were no evacuation orders as of Tuesday morning, but that conditions could change quickly.