Simmons Fire evacuation orders lifted 3 days after blaze started in Pinal County

Jun 1, 2024, 11:03 AM | Updated: 11:09 am

PHOENIX – Crews battling Arizona’s Simmons Fire are at 85% containment as of Saturday morning, with no growth reported for the second straight night.

Authorities lifted evacuation orders for the Simmons Fire on Friday morning, three days after residents near the wildfire were told to leave their homes.

The wildfire started about 4½ miles northwest of Kearny around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, and the evacuation orders were issued by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office about an hour later.

The Riverside neighborhood outside of Kearny was put on GO status in the state’s emergency notification system, and other nearby homes were told to be prepared to evacuate (SET status).

In total, about 50 residences were in either GO or SET status until the Simmons Fire evacuation orders were lifted Friday morning.

How much damage did Simmons Fire do?

The Simmons Fire has been mapped at 351 acres. After a productive day of firefighting Thursday, it was 51% contained as of Friday morning, officials said.

However, the blaze destroyed four structures and damaged five others before firefighters gained the upper hand.

On Thursday night, officials said the power could be restored north of Kearny. The power had been turned off during the incident for the safety of firefighters and the public.

As of Friday evening, nearly 160 personnel were still assigned to the incident.

The cause of the Simmons Fire is unknown.

Kearny is located off State Route 177 between Superior and the Hayden-Winkelman area, about 85 miles southwest of downtown Phoenix.

This is an updated version of a story originally published May 28, 2024.

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Simmons Fire evacuation orders lifted 3 days after blaze started in Pinal County