The Knoll Fire, approximately 13 miles northeast of Payson, has reached 70 acres in size. It is zero percent contained.
Cause: Initial investigation indicates this wildfire was human caused by fireworks. Fireworks are ALWAYS illegal on all National Forests in Arizona and New Mexico.
Summary: The Knoll Wildfire has grown to approximately 70 acres, and continues to burn in brush, juniper and ponderosa pine near Robert’s Mesa. Firefighting resources include three 20-person crews, 8 engines, 1 dozer, 5 water tenders, 1 airtanker and 1 light helicopter. The public is asked to stay away from this area to allow firefighters to concentrate on suppressing this wildfire.
Please be extra careful while enjoying your national forest this holiday weekend. The Knoll Fire shows how dry Arizona is, and how easily one spark can start a wildfire.