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Brooklyn, Bull, Cedar, Hyde fires update

Location of the Hyde Fire as of Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Location of the Hyde Fire as of Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Brooklyn, Bull and Cedar

Very little has changed regarding the Brooklyn, Bull and Cedar fires since the Courier reported on them Thursday morning, July 13.

Mop up efforts are ongoing for the Brooklyn and Cedar fires, which were announced 100 percent contained Thursday morning. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team will continue evaluating conditions on the ground in the fires’ aftermath to determine what, if any, emergency response actions should be taken. Emergency response actions are to protect human safety and property and sensitive resources from damage due to heavy rains in burned areas where there is no vegetation to reduce the risk from flooding and debris flows.

The Bull Fire remained at 95 percent as of Saturday, July 15. With the high humidity and recent rains, activity on the Bull Fire is minimal and smoldering, according to a news release. More rain is expected in the coming days.

Some personnel on the fires have demobilized or are demobilizing currently. Remaining fire crews are monitoring the 5 percent uncontained edge of the Bull Fire and staying prepared for any initial attacks on new starts.

The closure order for the fire area on the Cave Creek Ranger District remains in effect. This closure includes all lands, trails and roads on the District west of National Forest System Road (NFSR) 24 (Seven Springs Road), north of NFSR 41 (Table Mesa Road) and south of NFSR 269 (Bloody Basin Road). NFSR 41 is the only road closed and it is closed from the Tonto Forest boundary on the west to its terminus at NFSR 24.

There is a Federal Aviation Administration Temporary Flight Restriction covering the Bull Fire for a five mile perimeter from its center. This includes any unmanned aircraft systems or drones.

“Remember, if you fly, we can’t,” stated Incident Commander Andrew Mandell in a news release.

Hyde Fire

The 7,831-acre Hyde Fire burning in Camp Wood is currently fulfilling its natural role and moving slowly across the landscape consuming dead and down wood and forest fuels.

Firefighters will monitor the spread and initiate management actions along Forest Road 95, Forest Road 9 and County Road 68 as needed.

The Hyde Fire, a lightning-started fire, will increase from its current size and is predicted to move across the landscape inside the determined planning area over the next week as firefighters help direct where and how the fire moves. Yesterday monsoonal moisture brought light precipitation to the area.

Light smoke may be visible in the area and could drift to parts of northern Chino and Paulden.

The following Prescott National Forest (PNF) lands will be closed to the public until such time that conditions are deemed safe: PNF land north and west of County Road 68 and Forest Road (FR) 9821B extending west to FR 9; FR 9 north to County Road 125; County Road 125 to FR 95E; FS 95E south along FS 95 to the junction of County Road 68 and FR 9821B.