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Tenderfoot fire in Yarnell remains 30% contained, 4,040 acres

Fire crews work the edges of the Tenderfoot Fire near Yarnell this weekend.
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Fire crews work the edges of the Tenderfoot Fire near Yarnell this weekend.

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A map, from thermal imaging overnight, shows the size of the Tenderfoot Fire as of Sunday morning, June 12. Yarnell is located in the bottom left corner.

Saturday afternoon UPDATE: Evacuees of the Tenderfoot Fire can return home tonight, according to information released during a Saturday afternoon press conference.

No additional acres have burned and containment is now at 30 percent.

Saturday morning UPDATE:

The Tenderfoot Fire in Yarnell has grown to 4,040 acres, according to the Incident Information System update from Saturday morning.

The fire is 10-percent contained.

“I am very happy with the progress crews are making in the field,” said Alan Sinclair, Incident Commander. “Weather conditions and good planning allowed firefighters to put together a good strategy to fight this fire while ensuring the safety of our crews.”

Nine Hotshot crews, 22 engines, two attack aircraft, five helicopters and two bulldozers are working the fire.

Wagoner Road remains closed east of Highway 89 and residents in Yarnell east of Highway 89 are still under mandatory evacuation.

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Behind homes in Yarnell, a red slurry drop helped protect residents' property from the Tenderfoot Fire. Previous fuel mitigation efforts, and the backburn by firefighters stopped the human-caused fire from destroying homes.

A precautionary alert is still in effect for homeowners on the west side of Highway 89 in Peeples Valley should circumstances require they be ready to evacuate.

The Yavapai County's Sheriff's Office warns Highway 89 drivers to be aware of traffic congestion in the vicinity of Model Creek School and Hays Road north of Yarnell due to fire generated traffic. Reduced speed is recommended in this area.

Firefighters will continue to improve the existing fire line and evaluate the safest location to confront the fire, according to the update. Increased heat and lower humidity throughout the day will result in increased fire behavior today. Slight afternoon winds are expected out of the southwest.

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