Fires, rollover keep Mayer crews busy
Mayer Fire crews assisted Black Canyon and Daisy Mountain Fire on two simultaneous fires Sunday near Sunset Point.
Black Canyon Fire Chief Tom Birch said the fires started at about 10 a.m., one at milepost 249 and one at mp 250.5. The fire at mp 249 burned into a canyon before the winds blew it up the mountain, Birch said. Because of the location, Bureau of Land Management crews took over that fire, which burned about 20 acres.
The fire farther north at 250.5 burned about 30 acres. Birch said the wind in the Sunset Point area switches direction frequently, complicating firefighting efforts. The wind and tall, dry grasses have this summer increased the size of the fires in the area.
The fires didn't snarl traffic too much, but crews had to narrow the roadway to one lane for a time at the mp 249 fire.
"Multiple fires at one time makes it a little more interesting," Birch said. He said firefighters do not know the cause of either blaze.
And, if simultaneous wildfires wasn't enough, Black Canyon received a call about a single vehicle rollover accident about 10 miles south of Cordes Junction.
"Black Canyon received the call," said Mayer Fire Chief Glenn Brown. "But our engine was the farthest north of all the fires, so we responded along with a Black Canyon ambulance and a Daisy Mountain battalion chief."
The rollover was not related to the fires, Brown said. The driver told firefighters that another driver cut him off and he lost control, hitting the guardrail and then rolling his vehicle.
Emergency personnel transported the man to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Brown said.