Coconino National Forest firefighters responded to a wildfire yesterday evening located approximately 5 miles south/southeast of Village of Oak Creek off the east side of northbound Interstate 17.
The Pig Fire, named due to its proximity near Pig Trough Tank, was reported about 4:45 p.m. yesterday and started on the east side of the northbound lane of I-17, growing to about 120 acres as of this morning. Cause is unknown at this time and under investigation. The fire currently poses no risk to any structures, homes, or communities.
Fire crews conducted some burnout operations late yesterday evening and may conduct more today. The fire is burning is pinyon juniper, heavy grass, and brush and will move toward the northeast as the day progresses. However, thunderstorms later in the day could change the direction, as well as smoke impacts to communities.
Current resources on scene include a Hotshot crew, six engines, a fuels crew, one water tender, one dozer, and partner agency personnel from Arizona Department of Transportation, Department of Public Safety, and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. In total, approximately 80 firefighters are assigned to the fire.
Lane restrictions exist on the northbound side of I-17 near the Sedona exit, so motorists should plan for additional time when traveling north.
Updates will be provided as they are received, and shared via news release and Coconino National Forest social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter).