Jun 18, 2013 3:28 PM by Brian White

Smoke from 10K-acre Mexican wildfire visible in Cochise County

SIERRA VISTA - Two wildland fires south of the border are the likely cause of several Cochise County residents reporting the smell of smoke to the sheriff's office dispatch center and elsewhere.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office has received multiple calls from residents who have smelled, but not seen a fire, said spokeswoman Carol Capas.
Local fire chiefs confirmed that there were no significant fires in their jurisdictions and that reports were likely due to the fire in Mexico.

There are currently two separate fires of undetermined size located in the area of Cananea, about 25 miles south of Cochise County, said Gerry Perry, information officer with the Tucson Interagency Dispatch Center, which dispatches calls for the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies for wildland fires.

The Forest Service will continue to monitor the fires remotely unless the fire begins to spread within 10 miles to the international border, or a request for help is made from Mexican officials, Perry said.


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