Jackson Fire grows to 400 acres

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Flames from the Jackson Fire in the Santa Teresa Mountains could be seen from Pima on Sunday evening.

Type 3 Management Team en route

By Jon Johnson

jonjohnsonnews@gmail.com

SANTA TERESA WILDERNESS – Aided by blustery winds, the Jackson Fire in the Santa Teresa Mountains west of Pima grew from 35 acres Sunday morning to roughly 400 acres as of Monday morning.

The lightning-caused fire began at about 6 p.m., Saturday, and is in the Santa Teresa Wilderness near Jackson Mountain. It is burning mostly grasses and shrubs.

Due to the remote location which has no ground access, single-engine air tankers (SEATS) are being used to help contain it. Currently, a Bureau of Land Management Safford fire crew, air attack, and four SEATS are assigned under the command of BLM Gila District Incident Commander Kress Sanders, but a Type 3 Management Team is en route.  

The Santa Teresa Wilderness is roughly 26,891 acres and is in the Santa Teresa Mountains west of Pima. The mountain range is one of four in the Safford Ranger District and is remote and lightly visited. 

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