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MONDAY UPDATE: Tenderfoot Fire still at 40 percent containment

Flames hit a ridgeline on the Tenderfoot Fire near Yarnell Thursday afternoon. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)
Photo by Les Stukenberg.

Flames hit a ridgeline on the Tenderfoot Fire near Yarnell Thursday afternoon. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)

YARNELL -- The Tenderfoot Fire remains at 40 percent containment Monday, June 30, with 4,087 acres burned and a low potential for growth. according to the Bureau of Land Management.

The Tenderfoot fire remains active in its northern portions. Fire crews are working that area with the aid of helicopter water drops to suppress hot spots along the line. As the day heats today, it is expected observers will see smoke as remaining hot spots reveal themselves. Fire fighters will be patrolling the entire perimeter looking for these hot spots, eliminating them, and reinforcing the lines as needed.

The Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management will begin work early this week to assess the needs for Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation around Yarnell. This assessment will be focused on identifying areas needing stabilization and other actions to deal with potential erosion that could be created by coming summer monsoon rains.

Operations section chief Dave Gesser said, “The challenging terrain that the head of this fire occupies has made it exceptionally difficult for fire fighters over the last two days, but their efforts have created the opportunity to substantially shorten the duration of this fire. We are capitalizing on that hard work today in anticipation of bringing increased containment again tomorrow.”

Traffic controls are still in effect for a travel speed of 25 mph through the town of Yarnell due to fire traffic. Motorists are being asked to slow down in Peeples Valley because of increased vehicle traffic coming from Hays Ranch Road.

Officials have established that the fire was human-caused, but don't have specifics yet.

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