D-M training mission starts fire in Arivaca

Release Number: 020316

A fire broke out at approximately 12:30 p.m. today three miles north of Arivaca, Arizona, during a Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Combat Search and Rescue training mission.

As part of the training mission, an Airman on the ground attempted to signal an aircraft overhead in order to indicate his location and inadvertently started a fire.

First responders have arrived on the scene and are attempting to contain the fire. The Air Force is cooperating fully with local authorities and a full investigation will be conducted.

Residents are advised to contact local authorities for the most recent information. Residents or businesses who believe they have suffered damage as a result of this event may file a claim with the Air Force by calling (520) 954-0146 or by emailing 355fw.ja-02@us.af.mil.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.