SA Hill fire doubles in size
UPDATE, Tuesday, 12 p.m.:
CLEATOR - The SA Hill fire, ignited by a lightning strike Sunday, August 2, has grown to 800 acres and still is not contained, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Debbie Maneely said.
It's burning about 3 miles northwest of Cleator in rocky terrain with limited access, Maneely said, and the fire grew due to the dry conditions.
The fire is moving to the north, but it's still about 5 miles southwest of Mayer.
"Firefighters will continue to hold and improve line on the south end of the fire and continue to scout the north and west sides for containment options," Maneely said. "Fire managers are looking at the possibility of using management ignitions along perimeter roads to reinforce boundaries established for the fire if needed."
About 100 people are working the fire with a helicopter, an air attack plane, and six fire engines.
UPDATE, Monday, 12 p.m.: CLEATOR - The SA Hill fire, started by a lightning strike Sunday, August 2, has reached 380 acres and is not yet contained, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Debbie Maneely said Monday.
The fire is burning through brush, pinyon pine, juniper and grass about 3 miles northwest of Cleator and about 5 miles southwest of Mayer, heading north.
"Firefighters will continue to secure and established a boundary line on the south and east sides of the fire and scout the north and west sides for containment options," Maneely said. "Activity and growth on the fire will increase today due to drier conditions and continuous dry grass."
The fire is burning in rugged, rocky terrain with limited access, Maneely said. Smoke will be visible to motorists on Highway 69, Interstate 17 and surrounding communities, she added.
Lightning has ignited a wildfire southwest of Mayer. The SA Hill Fire, burning in grass, brush, pinyon pine and juniper on the north side of SA Hill, about three miles northwest of Cleator, was reported Sunday by the Mount Union Lookout. By Sunday afternoon, it was estimated at 50 acres, National Forest Service personnel said. Firefighters from the Prescott National Forest were taking action in securing the perimeter. Resources assigned to the fire include two Forest Service engines, a hand crew, one air attack and a Type 1 Air Tanker. There are no road closures or structures at risk. Smoke may be visible while driving on Interstate 17 and Highway 69 near Mayer and Cordes Junction.