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Lightning starts blaze south of VOC

Lightning sparked a small fire south of the Village of Oak Creek July 24, 2022. (Coconino National Forest)

Lightning sparked a small fire south of the Village of Oak Creek July 24, 2022. (Coconino National Forest)

SEDONA – A small fire started south of the Village of Oak Creek on Sunday night, and U.S. Forest Service personnel have been responding.

The blaze, reported at 9 p.m., has been dubbed the Fuller Fire and is about 2 acres. Two engines and a helitack have responded, according to Coconino National Forest.

“Ground crews plan to construct fire line while a helicopter conducts bucket drops using water sourced from a Sedona golf resort,” CNF reported in a Monday news release.

The fire was reportedly caused by lightning.

“Winds from passing thunderstorms created a small uptick in fire behavior last night,” CNF reported. “The Fuller Fire is currently experiencing low fire behavior and is creeping and smoldering in grass and juniper.”

Smoke is visible from the Verde Valley but is expected to have minimal impact due to the level of humidity.

Smoke will remain visible throughout the day while crews work to contain the fire. Smoke impact will be minimal due to the fire's small size and the high relative humidity.

Because of a high likelihood of precipitation Monday (60%), fire personnel expect minimal growth of the fire.

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