TRUSTED NEWS LEADER FOR COTTONWOOD, CAMP VERDE & THE VERDE VALLEY
Wed, Aug. 12

Pine Fire moves north and east
No containment on blaze in Pine Mountain Wilderness

This fire was part of planned grassland management, but other fires caused by lightning or people rage around the state. There are high expectations for monsoon storms this week.

This fire was part of planned grassland management, but other fires caused by lightning or people rage around the state. There are high expectations for monsoon storms this week.

PRESCOTT NATIONAL FOREST – The wildfire that’s been having the most direct impact on the Verde Valley over the past week is also one of the few in Arizona with no containment.

However, the Pine Fire’s small size — about 1,800 acres — and remote, mountaintop location mean it isn’t threatening structures or roads.

The lightning-caused blaze is located in a remote part of the Pine Mountain Wilderness, southeast of Camp Verde, in the Verde Ranger District. It has moved to the north and east, making it onto the Verde Rim.

On the western flank, the fire remains active within Bishop and Sycamore Creeks.

Unmanned aircraft unit and one manned aircraft are all that are being used to help douse parts of the Pine Fire, but fire managers are engaging the fire with a monitor strategy.

Smoke can be visible as thunderstorms move in over the area and outflow winds will increase smoke production. Smoke impacts are possible over I-17, East Verde River, Camp Verde, Dugas and Pine/Strawberry.

Light winds and temperatures as high as 105 degrees and a 10 percent of thunderstorms are forecast.

All trails leading into the Pine Mountain Wilderness have been closed for public safety.

The U.S. Forest Service requests no one fly drones in this part of the forest.

The next-closest fire to the Verde Valley is the Thumb Fire. Located on the Great Thumb Mesa, on the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, about 20 miles northwest of Grand Canyon Village, the fire had engulfed about 6,700 acres by Tuesday afternoon.

The lightning-caused fire began on July 16. Tuesday, there was no containment status mentioned on the website inciweb.nwcg.gov.

The largest Arizona wildfire this season, the Bush Fire, is now 100% contained. It charred almost 200,000 acres in an area northeast of Mesa in the Tonto National Forest. There are several other fires burning in the state that are more 90% or 100% contained.

The Bighorn Fire, which had grown to 119,020 acres northwest of Tucson in the Coronado National Forest, is now 90% contained.

Not far from the Thumb Fire — in terms of nautical miles — is the 71,000-plus acre Magnum Fire, burning along State Route 89A near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It’s s 88% contained.

The origin of the Mangum Fire, which stated on June 6, is still under investigation.

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