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Log loader explodes, causing small wildfire
No one injured in explosion

Firefighters tamp down a small wildfire after a log loader exploded into flames about five miles southwest of Prescott Tuesday morning, Dec. 11.
Photo by Les Stukenberg.

Firefighters tamp down a small wildfire after a log loader exploded into flames about five miles southwest of Prescott Tuesday morning, Dec. 11.

Prescott National Forest firefighters and several units from the Prescott Fire Department responded to a roughly 5,000 square foot fire about five miles southwest of Prescott.

The fire was reported at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, off Copper Basin Road near United Christian Youth Camp, said Prescott National Forest spokesperson Debbie Maneely.

“It started when a log loader had a mechanical malfunction and exploded,” Maneely said.

No one was injured in the explosion and no structures were threatened from the fire, she said.

Crews contained the fire and will continue to monitor it for the remainder of today, she said.

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