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San Rafael Fire update: 10,000 acres have burned | News – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 2022-05-08 20:08:00 –

Tucson (KVOA)-Fire brigades are fighting a new wildfire in southern Arizona.

The San Rafael fire broke out on Saturday night and continues to burn about 20 miles southeast of Patagonia.

The fire burned on an estimated 10,000 acres and some residents were told to evacuate.

In addition to the steep terrain, firefighters are fighting strong winds. Around 1 pm on Sunday, the agent went from door to door and told people who had not yet evacuated to do so.

“I’m a little scared. I’m blowing towards all of our properties here,” said Jim Keefer.

Keefer lives in the San Rafael State Natural Region, six miles away from the burning spots.

“People in San Rafael Valley are being asked to evacuate, and people here on Canelo Pass Road will be asked to evacuate,” he told Keefer.

I met Keefer on Canelo Pass Road, a long dirt road with lots of smoke.

“It’s crazy that it’s creepy,” Keefer said. “And it’s very dry.”

A few minutes later, Keefer and the news crew were told to leave the area because a fast-moving fire reached within a quarter mile of the vehicle.

“That’s it for me, I’m out of here,” Keefer said.

When we returned, we found a door-to-door canvassing agent along Canelo Pass Road and urged residents who had not yet gone to leave and go safely.

When asked if he was worried about his property or wildlife, Keefer replied, “Yes, it’s a difficult fire to contain.”

As I drove to San Rafael Fire, I saw many horse trailers pulled out of the area. People seem to be paying attention to those warnings to evacuate.

Stay at News 4 Tucson for the latest information. A media briefing by the fire authorities is scheduled for Sunday evening around 6 pm.

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