TRUSTED NEWS LEADER FOR COTTONWOOD, CAMP VERDE & THE VERDE VALLEY
Fri, July 30

Backbone Fire burns west of Strawberry

STRAWBERRY - State Route 260 is closed between Camp Verde and Route 87 due to the Backbone Fire, which was caused by lightning.

The Backbone Fire was reported on Wednesday at approximately 11:30 p.m. in an area 12 miles west of Strawberry on top of a landscape feature named Ike’s Backbone. The wildfire is now 17,126 acres, according to InciWeb.

Evacuation orders are in place for nearby communities.

It is burning in rough country just above where Fossil Creek and the Verde River converge.

The Fossil Creek recreation area will be closed due to wildfire danger, which includes Waterfall Trail, Irving/Flume, Tonto Bench, Fossil Creek Bridge, Homestead, Sally May, Purple Mountain, and Mazatzal.

Resources on scene include a 95 total personnel which includes a Hotshot crew, a hand crew, three helicopters, a fuels crew and miscellaneous overhead.

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