Cedar Fire

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

Widespread recent rain and monsoonal moisture over the fire area allowed firefighters to successfully contain the Cedar Fire.

Despite four days of rain, several stump holes burning on the interior of the fire continue to smolder. The remaining firefighters will remove a helliwell and other miscellaneous equipment and patrol the fire perimeter over the next several days.

Containment on the Cedar Fire increased yesterday to 60% due to the dedicated efforts of firefighters across all divisions, though small pockets of activity still remain in isolated portions of the fire. The western edge south of Long Tom Canyon and small sections along the southeastern corner of the fire continue to have active burning in drainages, all within the fire perimeter. Crews will continue to patrol contained lined on Sunday, ensuring that any residual heat near the containment lines is extinguished.

US 60 has reopened between Show Low and State Route 73 on the White Mountain Apache Reservation, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The highway had been closed between mileposts 318 and 337 because of the Cedar Fire. Drivers should use extra caution in the area because of ongoing firefighting operations.

For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov or call 511.

Crews on the Cedar Fiire made remarkable progress reinforcing the perimeter and securing more areas along the outer perimeter which increased the overall percent containment of the fire to 51%. There are isolated areas along the lower west side and the southeast portions of the fire that has some active burning. This burning remains within the interior of the established fire control lines. Chipping operations and other rehab functions are being performed in all other areas of the fire perimeter to ensure the security of the established fire control lines.

Law Enforcement officials from the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office, Show Low Police Department, and the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department are lifting the Pre-evacuation notice that has been in effect throughout Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside. This decision comes after consultation with Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team (2).

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