Gila County

Acres: 6,634 acres (based on infrared data)          Start Date: June 10, 2017

Cause: Unknown, under investigation                    Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar

Containment: 76%                                                 Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer

Total personnel: 1,181                                                  

Acres: 6,093 acres                                                       Start Date: June 10, 2017

Cause: Unknown, under investigation                        Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar

Containment: 76%                                                     Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer

Total personnel: 1,224                                                

Today crews made substantial progress on both the west and east flanks.   Line construction was completed across Ellison Creek followed by a strategic firing operation to remove unburned fuels between the line and the main fire.  This successful operation marks a significant achievement in checking the fire’s south and eastward movement and protecting the communities of La Cienega and Ellison Creek Estates.  Structure protection crews remain in place in the two evacuated communities.  On the fire’s west flank crews also achieved success in connecti

Tonight the American Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter will be opening a Shelter in Payson is support of the Highline Fire.  The Red Cross is working in coordination with Emergency Managers in Gila County as well as the Northern Arizona Chapter of the Red Cross. Volunteers will set up and staff the Shelter as long as there is a need. 

The Red Cross Shelter will be located in the gymnasium at the Payson High School on the south side of campus, 301 South McLane, Payson, AZ 85541.

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