Wind-whipped fire has been reported in Bisbee in Cochise County, Arizona.
The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office said multiple fire agencies have rushed to the scene including Bisbee Fire, Naco Fire Department, Elfrida Fire Department and San Jose Fire Department.
The office added several structures have been lost until now and it is yet to be learned whether those were occupied.
Meanwhile, homes have been evacuated and residents of the area have been sent to st. Patrick’s church. No injuries have been reported so far.
It is not yet known how many structures are at risk and the main concern is that fire is on a hill. It could spread with wind through the surrounding grassy area. To avoid the condition to worsen up air units are dropping slurry to stop further spread of the fire.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is assisting traffic control on Highway 80 and the Divide to deviate vehicles near to the area and urging others to avoid until further notice.
The fire was reported shortly after 5:00 p.m. to the authorities about fire on Star Avenue in Bisbee.
Cochise County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carol Capas said the fire happened in Old Bisbee.
Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, Mark J. Dannels Sheriff, released a statement on Facebook saying, “Emergency Operatiohns Center being set up at Bisbee City Hall. An informational phone line is being established at this time and will be announced shortly.”
The cause of fire is yet to be known.