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

Peak wildfire season has begun in Arizona as several fires 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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Big Sandy Fire

The Big Sandy Fire has forced the evacuation of about 20 people from the unincorporated Mohave County community of Wikieup in northwestern Arizona, authorities said.

More information on the fire can be found here.

Committee Fire

The Committee Fire burning east of Sedona on Munds Mountain burned nearly 300 acres after about a day when it was first sparked by lightning, said officials with the Coconino National Forest.

More information on the fire can be found here.

Conteras Fire

Contreras Fire

Contreras Fire

The Contreras Fire is now 100% contained after burning thousands of acres in a remote area of the Tohono O'odham nation southwest of Tucson. The fire damaged the Kitt Peak National Observatory.

More information on the fire can be found here.

Haywire Fire

The Haywire Fire sparked just miles from the Pipeline Fire near Flagstaff. 

It started 4 miles east of Sunset Crater Volcano on June 13. It has since merged with the Double Fire.

The wildfire has burned more than 5,000 acres.

More information on the fire can be found here.

Pine Peak Fire

The lightning-caused Pine Peak Fire is burning in the Hualapai Mountains, 20 miles southeast of Kingman. The fire has burned over 300 acres and is 0% contained.

More information on the fire can be found here.

Pipeline Fire

Pipeline Fire

Pipeline Fire (Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy)

The Pipeline Fire is 6 miles north of Flagstaff and has burned over 20,000 acres. Helicopters, air tankers and a hotshot crew are currently working to contain the flames.

More information on the Pipeline Fire can be found here.

Lost Lake Fire

The Lost Lake Fire, which sparked 14 miles southwest of Parker, Arizona, has burned 5,856 acres so far with 50% containment. Officials say the fire started the morning of May 26 and is burning on the California side of the Colorado River.

Evacuations were ordered for 15 homes along 15th Avenue in a neighborhood on the Arizona side of the border, but residents were allowed to return to their homes on the evening of May 29.

More information on the Lost Lake Fire can be found here.

Railroad Fire

Officials with the Coconino National Forest say a one-acre fire started on the afternoon of May 24 in Flagstaff, about half a mile south of Lowell Observatory.

The cause is under investigation, but Flagstaff Police believe people are involved in the start of the fire and are looking for any leads on who the people could be.

Call Flagstaff PD at 928-774-1414 or Silent Witness at 928-774-6111 if you have any information.

Elgin Bridge Fire

The Elgin Bridge Fire sparked on May 23 and burned 2,149 acres and is 100% contained in Santa Cruz County, southeast of Tucson, officials said in an update on May 31.

More information on the Elgin Bridge Fire can be found here.

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. This fire is now fully contained.

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 and the fire is 100% contained.

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.