Sawmill Fire in Arizona, only 7% contained, started by target shooter, one of Southern Arizona’s largest wildfires in recent memory


A massive wildfire is burning south of Tucson, Arizona, producing a ton of heat and its own weather. Named Sawmill Fire, it is one of Southern Arizona’s largest wildfires in recent memory.

The Sawmill Fire is burning on lands under the jurisdiction of the Coronado National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

It was started at approximately 18:00 UTC (11:00 MDT) on Sunday, April 23, 2017, by a target shooter who was firing at explosive targets at state land. According to the Green Valley News, the man tried to extinguish the blaze before calling to report the fire to authorities. He later turned himself in.

As of 14:32 UTC (07:32 MDT) on April 26, the fire has grown to 8 000 hectares (20 000 acres) and was only 7% contained. 350 firefighters are on the scene.

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