Originally Published: June 21, 2007 6:52 a.m.
PRESCOTT - The first significant wildland fire of the season in the Cordes Lakes area burned 6.5 acres of low brush and grass Wednesday.
Although authorities are still investigating the fire, people appear to have caused it.
Mayer Fire District Chief Glenn Brown said the fire call came in at noon and when his crews arrived there, the fire covered between two and three acres of the State Trust Lands. It doubled in size while several local and state agencies fought it.
Glenn said the fire, which was burning two miles east of Cordes Lakes, was moving away from any populated areas, but over very steep and rough terrain, which hampered their efforts.
He said the winds also were strong when the fire ignited and had calmed down as they tried to contain it. "They were not a factor," he said.
He said 50 firefighters from his agency, the Central Yavapai Fire District, the Groom Creek Fire District, the Prescott National Forest, the State Trust Lands and the Bureau of Land Management responded to the call.
Four hours after the blaze ignited, firefighters were making sure that all hot spots were out.
Brown reminded citizens to be extra careful because of the extremely dry conditions.
"This is the first major fire in the area for this season," he said, adding that lightning during the upcoming monsoon season could bring many more.