Arizona wildfires 2022: What to know about the fires burning in the state

Peak wildfire season has begun in Arizona as several fires burning more than 100 acres each have popped up across the state.

We have a look at each fire, how big it is, the communities impacted, and who should be evacuating, or who should be ready to evacuate.

Below is a map of the different wildfires across the state:


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San Rafael Fire

San Rafael Fire

San Rafael Fire (Arizona State Forestry)

The San Rafael Fire burning in Santa Cruz County sparked on May 7 and has burned more than 11,000 acres. Evacuation orders have since been lifted.

More information on the San Rafael Fire can be found here.

Locklin Fire

Locklin Fire

Locklin Fire

According to a post on the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management's Facebook page, the fire burned over 100 acres of land in the Bisbee area, and about 50 people were assigned to battle the blaze. The fire has been completely contained.

More information on the Locklin Fire can be found here.

Saginaw Fire

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Saginaw Fire - Credit: Cochise County Sheriff's Office

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office says several homes were burning on Old Douglas Highway and Highway 80 in the Bisbee area. The fire has since been extinguished.

More information on the Saginaw Fire can be found here.

Camino Fire

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Camino Fire (Cochise County Sheriff's Office)

The Camino Fire was burning northeast of Elfrida and east of Sunizona in Cochise County. It began on April 20 and burned more than 700 acres. There were roads closed due to the fire, but have since been reopened.

More information on the Camino Fire can be found here.

Tunnel Fire

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Courtesy of Ed Harmon

The Tunnel Fire began on April 17 near Flagstaff in Coconino County. Officials say the fire rapidly spread in a northeast direction due to high winds and grew to more than 19,000 acres in less than a week.

Several homes burned in the fire that many in the community say could have been contained sooner.

More information on the Tunnel Fire can be found here.

Crooks Fire

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Crooks Fire (Photo: W.V. Media)

The Crooks Fire was burning in the Prescott National Forest and prompted evacuation orders for some communities and had others on alert. Those orders have since been lifted.

The Crooks Fire was discovered Monday, April 18 around 10 a.m. It was about two miles north of Palace Station, just off Senator Highway. 

More information on the Crooks Fire can be found here.

Presumido Peak Fire

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Presumido Fire burning at 150 acres in Pima County on March 27. Photo by Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management says a wind-driven fire that sparked near Sasabe in Pima County, close to the Mexico border, is now completely contained.

Fire crews say the fire burned a total of 2,591 acres by April 5.

More information on the Presumido Peak Fire can be found here.

Ranch Fire

It was barely the first week of March, but firefighters in eastern Arizona already battled the year's first wildfire in the state. The Ranch Fire burned nearly 1,700 acres near Concho. It's since been put out.