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Wildfire forces part of Bisbee to evacuate

KPHO Phoenix logo KPHO Phoenix 5/14/2021
The Zacattack Fire began in Zacateas Canyon in Cochise County Thursday evening. © Arizona State Forestry

The Zacattack Fire began in Zacateas Canyon in Cochise County Thursday evening.

BISBEE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A wildfire burning in southern Arizona has forced part of Bisbee to evacuate. The Zacattack Fire was sparked in Zacatecas Canyon on Thursday evening. Cochise County officials say people in Old Bisbee, which is the touristy part of the former mining town, have to leave. Bisbee firefighters and Bisbee police are working to notify people who live there. The Red Cross has set up a shelter at Bisbee High School.

Cochise County officials say it doesn't appear the fire has crested the hill yet. Roads in the area are closed so first responders can help fight the fire.

The flames have burned 25 acres, with winds push them south toward the town. It's extremely dry down there, with humidity around 11 to 12%. Winds are about 8 to 14 mph. Firefighters are battling the wildfire on the ground and from the air. It's unclear how the fire started. An investigation is underway.

Bisbee is about three hours from Phoenix. The historic part of the city is known as Old Bisbee that attracts thousands of tourists. The city started as a mining town in the early 20th century but once the mines closed down in the mid-1970s, the hippies moved in and it turned into more of an artsy city. Old Bisbee has many historic buildings filled with different types of art. There are also historic mines to explore and ghost tours.

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