Fire burning in the Chiricahua Mountains

Fire burning in the Chiricahua Mountains

CREATED Apr 30, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Authoriites have named the fire burning in the Chiricahua Mountains just southeast of Willcox, Arizona The Apache Pass fire. 

The fire started as a brush fire and has burned about 500 acres at this time, according to Coronado National Forest spokesperson Heidi Schewel.

The fire was first reported Monday; authorities say it is human caused because there is no lightening in the area.

The fire is located on Bureau of Land Management land and has at least eight fire crews are fighting the fire.

The fire is 2-3 miles away from the nearest structure, no evacuations are necessary, according to Schewel.

A full-sized heavy air tanker, two smaller single-engine air tankers, and a helicopter will continue to fight the fire Tuesday, according to Schewel.