Brooklyn Complex Fire update; smoke impact continues

July 9, 2017 - 11:19 am

The Brooklyn Fire is burning in the Tonto National Forest and the Agua Fria National Monument in Yavapai County, Arizona. The change to Complex includes the incorporation of 2 lightning caused fire in the general area of the Brooklyn Fire on the Tonto National Forest. They are the Bull Fire (S/SE of the Brooklyn Fire) and Cedar Fire (E/SE of the Brooklyn Fire). These 2 fires are not a threat to structures at this time and are in remote areas with difficult access.

Agency Jurisdiction: Tonto National Forest, Bureau of Land Management

Incident Command: Andy Mandel, Type 3 IC, Central West Zone

A Type-1 Incident Management Team will be briefed in tonight and assume command at 7/10 at 0800.

Cause: Lightning

Current Size: 35,883 acres

Containment: 5%

Personnel: 100

Cause: Lightning

Injuries: 0

Structures Destroyed: 0

Structures Threatened: 50-60

Crews: 2

Engines: 15

Water Tenders: 2

Current Situation:

There are NO evacuations currently in place.

There are NO impacts to I-17.

Bloody Basin Road is closed.

Badger Springs Road is closed.

The Brooklyn Fire remains north of Black Canyon City (north of Sycamore Canyon and Squaw Creek); at its closest point, NE of Black Canyon City, it remains northeast of Canyon Creek Ranch, Cross Y Ranch and Trails End Ranch. Fire fighters are concentrated on the area NE of Black Canyon City. To the north, the fire is predominantly south of the Bloody Basin Road. Firefighters conducted burn out operations east along the south side of the Bloody Basin Road and around Copper Creek Administrative site.

Yesterday strong gusty winds from thunderstorms challenged firefighting efforts pushing the fire in multiple directions predominantly south. Conditions forced firefighters to move into safer locations and aircraft were ground for safety. Firefighters re-engaged the fire, focusing efforts on the southern portion of the fire, northeast of Black Canyon City. Similar weather conditions are expected today.

Smoke will continue to affect communities to the south of the fire such as Anthem, New River, Carefree, Cave Creek, and North Phoenix relative to daytime fire activity and active weather conditions.

Drones and unmanned aircraft put firefighters in the air and on ground at even higher risk. Keep drones out of firefighting zones. If you fly we can’t!

Fire Information Line: 623-428-9367

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