PICACHO — Multiple agencies responded to a human-caused desert wildfire Sunday near Picacho Peak.
The blaze, dubbed the Sasco Fire, burned just under 200 acres southwest of Picacho near the Ironwood Forest National Monument. The fire was named after a ghost town in the area that was a thriving mining community in the 1920s.
According to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, the Pinal County fire burned through dry grass and desert vegetation over a two-day period before being extinguished on Monday. Units from the Eloy Fire District helped battle the blaze.
Due to rocky and unstable terrain, a VLAT, or Very Large Air Tanker, capable of delivering 8,000 gallons of fire retardant, was ordered to assist ground crews in sealing off the south side of the fire.
The fire has been determined to be human-caused but remains under investigation.