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Wed, Oct. 23

Lion Fire 90 percent contained; Bug Creek completely surrounded

The Lion Fire near Crown King stands at about 160 acres and was 90 percent contained, as of Saturday morning, and the Bug Creek Fire is completely contained.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, the Forest Service detected the Lion wildfire, which is deemed lightning-caused burning in grass and chaparral – with no threat to structures – about six miles south of Crown King on Bureau of Land Management land south of the Bradshaw Mountains and north of Lake Pleasant.

The Lion Fire has seen no growth over the past few days. Due to its remote location, rugged terrain, the fire continues to be monitored by aircraft with ground resources available. The fire has received significant moisture over two days but still has a small active area in the northwest portion of the fire. This active area is well inside the fire parameter and causes no threat to unburned vegetation.

Resources will remain committed to the Lion Fire due to the weathers forecast of drier air filtering into the area Sunday and into next week, forest officials stated Saturday.

The fire is approximately one-half mile from the border of the Prescott National Forest and fire crews – about 20 personnel – are in place if it becomes active and moves north, officials said.

Firefighters continue to monitor the fire using aircraft. Fire managers have strategically positioned resources in the community of Crown King as a precautionary measure.

The fire continues to receive significant moisture and air-attack personnel have reported minimal fire activity on the north edge. Smoke is visible in Crown King.

Resources on the Lion Fire include three engines and two helicopters.


The Bug Creek Fire remains at 1,080 acres and is 100 percent contained as of Saturday morning, near Cordes Lakes and Interstate 17.

Thirty personnel are working the fire, looking for hot spots and continuing to mop up and patrol the burn area and fire lines.


The Forest Service reports that 23 fires are active in Arizona in the past month, according to the incident command website, with personnel actively working 15 of them.

Those 15 fires range in containment from 50 to 100 percent, and 25 acres (the Red Spring Fire on the Coronado National Forest) to 45,977 acres (the Cedar Fire near Show Low), both of which are 90 percent contained.

Fire crews have received a lot of help from the recent monsoons; however, the threat of fire is still Very High to Extreme, and burning is suspended under fire restrictions across the state.

For information on where and when fire restrictions and possible closures exist, check at or or call 1-877-864-6985.

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