Originally Published: June 14, 2017 5:55 a.m.
FLAGSTAFF (AP) — Changing winds are expected to blow smoke from a fire burning outside Flagstaff into the Arizona city over several days.
The fire has burned nearly 9 square miles on Kendrick Mountain’s northeastern flank since lightning started it June 1.
Firefighters plan several days of setting fires to burn forest debris near the top of the mountain to help protect a lookout tower and historic cabin. Crews previously wrapped the cabin with flame-resistant materials.
The fire is burning in steep and rugged terrain and is 5 percent contained. Nearby U.S. Highway 180 is closed because of smoke.
To the south, crews made strong gains against a fire burning near Wilcox, Arizona. Lightning sparked the 23-square-mile blaze on June 7.
In southeastern Arizona, firefighters supported by aircraft have made substantial progress toward containment of a fire that has burned 23.6 square miles of brush and grass in Cochise County.
The fire management team reports that containment of the perimeter of the fire near Dragoon is estimated at 40 percent as of Tuesday.
Lightning started the fire Wednesday near Dragoon, which is 54 miles east of Tucson.