A forest fire near Young that quickly burned up a home and 20 surrounding acres is out and officials have let residents return to their homes.
The Frog Fire started Monday afternoon six miles east of Young near the Frog Pond, off Forest Road 100 in a remote, wooded area populated with mostly second homes.
It is unclear what caused the fire, but it started outside a cabin south of the pond, said Lt. Tim Scott with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.
The flames quickly destroyed the home and then spread through the heavy mixed conifer.
“The Forest Service hit it really hard the first night,” Scott said. “It burnt pretty good in some areas and not so bad in others. But the Forest Service did a real outstanding job.”
The sheriff’s office evacuated 12 people from four homes around the lake and the nearby Nail Ranch, which has more than a dozen structures. Fortunately, the flames damaged no other homes.
Forest Service investigators said humans caused the fire. Several people were reportedly in the cabin that burned, but escaped without injury, Scott said. Scott said he didn’t know if they had seen anything. The home is now nothing more than a pile of rubble with a few standing pillars.
Officials initially put the size of the fire at 40 acres,
but downgraded it to 21 acres when they developed detailed maps. By 8 p.m. Tuesday, crews had the fire 100 percent contained.
At one point, 100 people battled the blaze, deploying one helicopter, an air tanker, two Hotshot crews and five engines.
The GCSO lifted the evacuation around 6 p.m. Tuesday.