The lightning caused Clair Fire was reported on Thursday, August 29. Burning in grass and desert shrub, it grew to approximately 670 acres yesterday afternoon because of outflow winds from nearby thunderstorms. The fire did not receive any rain, but the area was aided by an increase in humidity overnight. Firefighters on the ground with support from helicopter and airtankers, will work to continue securing the fire’s edge. Firefighters will be challenged by another day of excessive heat.
The North Lake Road (FR458), remains closed to protect public safety and allow firefighters to safely work near the road. This impacts the Bartlett Flats and SB Cove Shoreline camping areas, Yellow Cliffs Boat Launch, and Rattlesnake Cove Picnic site. There are currently no camping opportunities along Bartlett Lake due to the proximity of the Clair Fire. North Lake Road will be reopened as soon as the firefighters are not working in the area, and the fire no longer threatens recreation areas.
Location: Approximately 18 miles east/northeast of Cave Creek, near Bartlett Reservoir
Start Date: 8/29/2019
Size: 670 acres
Percent Contained: 25%