AZ Fire Update July 10 2017

July 10, 2017

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According to the Arizona Incident Information system, there are 24 active wildfires in our state, totaling more than 247,000 acres.

This includes the recent Brooklyn Fire which started July 7th - 6 miles north-northeast of Black Canyon City. The Brooklyn fire was Caused by Lightning and is currently 35,000 Acres and 0% Contained.

There will be a community meeting tonight July 10, 2017 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be at the Canon Elementary School in Black Canyon. Fire managers and officials will be on hand to brief the public on the Brooklyn Fire and answer questions.

The lightning caused fires that started on July 7 were highly impacted by strong, gusty and erratic winds from passing thunderstorms. The strong winds caused incident aircraft to be temporarily grounded and pushed the fire south and east. The Bull and Cedar Fires are located southeast of the Brooklyn Fire in remote areas of the Tonto National Forest with difficult access. These two fires are not threatening any structures and are being patrolled by firefighters. 

Thunderstorm build up and outflow winds are the main concerns for operations today. Firefighters are working to keep the Brooklyn Fire east of the Agua Fria River and south of highway 269 and north of Black Canyon City. They will also be evaluating values at risk in the area and assessing structure protection needs. Resources are available for response to any new starts in the area. 

There are currently no evacuations or closures to Interstate 17. A closure order is in effect for Agua Fria National Monument as well as road closures at the junction of Forest Road 24 and 41, Bloody Basin Road east of Interstate 17, Table Mesa Road east of Interstate 17, and the junction of Forest Service Road 68 and 677.Remember Drones are not allowed in the area of wildfires. If you fly we can’t.

According to the Incident Information system, there are NO evacuations in place at this time. 

Road Closures include:

Bloody Basin Road closed at I-17 eastbound.

Badger Springs Road is closed at I-17 

Wildfires are a NO DRONE ZONE.

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