Authorities say the Windmill Fire, which had threatened homes in Sonoita on Sunday, is 50-percent contained, with that figure expected to increase tonight.

The Coronado National Forest said in a Facebook post Monday afternoon that the fire had scorched 94 acres – most of it on National Forest land – but not become active or spread since the night before. 

“Although the fire did not spread today, hot spots remain on the interior and may produce smoke,” the CNF post said.

After igniting Sunday, the fire burned actively in grass and brush until close to 9 p.m., the CNF said.

The Sonoita-Elgin Fire District described the location of the fire as near the west entrance to the Casas Arroyos Subdivision and east of Milepost 28.5 on State Route 82. The district briefly asked residents to evacuate, then gave the all clear after a line was laid around the perimeter.

Resources still on the scene Monday afternoon included three hotshot crews, three engines, one water tender to supply the engines, and miscellaneous overhead, the CNF said.

“Crews are mopping up and monitoring hot spots,” it said.

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