Apr 26, 2014 10:24 PM by Scott Oathout

Officials believe they have the Aerostat Fire under control

SIERRA VISTA- Officals say they have a handle on the Aerostat Fire burning on Fort Huachuca and don't believe there will be anymore threats to surrounding residential neighborhoods.

Sierra Vista city officials say all pre-evacuation notices have no been lifted.

Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel says the fire started around 3:20 Saturday afternoon in the lower Garden Canyon area.

The fire is believed to have burned over 50 acres of grass and brush so far, but was growing due to gusty winds.

Nine engines and over 150 firefighters and other personal are on scene of the fire.

Schewel says firefighters will perform burn out operations once the wind dies down.

Cochise County Sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas says deputies were issuing pre-evacuation notices to residents directly west of fire and living between Buffalo Soldier Trail and Yaqui Street.

A Red Cross shelter was set up at Apache Middle School in case of a full evacuation.


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