Tue, Oct. 22

Taylor Fire winds down

SYCAMORE CANYON -- Just days after a fast-growing threatening fire was discovered on the Rim above the Verde Valley, the blaze seems to have been tamed. The Type-2 incident command team, numbering nearly 600 crews engines and aircraft is being reduced substantially today, according the command center. By Saturday, a smaller Type-3 team will assume command.

The Taylor Fire had grown to 3545 acres, with much of the growth occurring Monday. No additional spread is expected.

Smoke, the most significant factor for most Northern Arizona residents is still present above the Rim during the day and into the valleys at night.

The high-tension 240KV power line that passes through the burned area was re-energized. Power had been shunted around the circuit when the blaze threatened the line.

Hunting Season begins Friday (Aug 21). The Coconino National Forest has re-opened the East Pocket area of the Taylor fire; however hunters in area 6B need to be aware of the following emergency fire area closure.

The closure area includes: Turkey Butte, Forest Road (FR) 538 and 538D, FR 231A and 538D, 539, 538B along Bunker Ridge and 231 south of the 231A junction. The Coconino National Forest has re-opened the East Pocket area. The Taylor Cabin Trail and the Winter Cabin Trail will remain closed. Kelsey Trail, Dorsey Trail, Hog Hill Trail and Casner Mountain Trail are open.

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