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5:40 PM Thu, Sept. 20th

Update: Lookout Fire 60 percent contained

Joe Klecak/Courtesy photo<br>Smoke rises from the Lookout Mountain fire seen from forest trail 667.

Joe Klecak/Courtesy photo<br>Smoke rises from the Lookout Mountain fire seen from forest trail 667.

PRESCOTT - Prescott National Forest crews have contained 60 percent of a 20-acre fire that started in woodland and chaparral Tuesday morning 10 miles south of Prescott, a PNF spokeswoman reported Thursday.

Firefighters continued to improve and secure the control line around the perimeter of the Lookout Fire and began mopping it up, PNF spokeswoman Debbie Maneely stated in an email. She defined mop-up as extinguishing or removing burning material near control lines, felling snags and trenching logs to prevent them from rolling.

"With the heavy dead and down fuel in the area, this process will take a few days to make sure the area around the fire is safe," she wrote. The lightning-caused fire was reported at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Maneely stated the Wolf Creek Campground remains closed, adding it is being used as a base camp for firefighters and equipment. PNF staff advises motorists to be careful while driving on Lower Wolf Creek Road and Senator Highway because they might encounter emergency vehicles traveling at all hours of the day.

For more information, call the Prescott National Forest Fire Information Hotline at 777-5799 or the Bradshaw Ranger District at 443-8000.

Forest officials also canceled a controlled burn that they had planned Wednesday through Friday at Lynx Lake.