W2 fire near border declared 100 percent contained | News
The U.S. Forest Service has just declared the W2 fire is 100 percent contained, according to a Forest Service news release.
The W2 fire, had been burning since June 28, and was located along the international border with Mexico. Containment was achieved on July 3, around 4:30 p.m. The fire had burned a total of 530 acres of land consisting of brush, oak trees and grass on the U.S. side of the border. Only 200 acres burned on the Mexican side of the border.
According to the Forest Service, crews that battled this fire were challenged by the steep and rugged terrain, extreme in some areas. Crews were able to keep the fire under control and eventually put it out with the aid of retardant drops from several single engine air tankers, and one drop from a large tanker.
At its peak, the fire had 160 firefighters assigned to fight the blaze. U.S. Forest Service officials are declaring that no structures were lost to the fire.
The area will be monitored by the Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista District firefighters, to insure the site is secure.
Residents are reminded though, that even with monsoon rains bringing some much needed moisture, the vegetation that fuels the fire is still considerably dry and is prone to ignite, especially after being hit by lightning. Stage two fire restrictions still remain in place, which ban the use of camp fires, welders, target shooting and smoking until substantial additional moisture reduces the fire danger.
For more information please contact the nearest land management agency, to where you plan to vacation at http://wildlandfire.az.gov or call the toll free Southwest Fire Restrictions Hotline at 877-864-6985.