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Mill Fire burns 179 acres near Crown King; 50% contained
Rain helps slow blaze

Air tankers are fighting the Mill Fire, near Crown King, because of the rough terrain, according to the Bureau of Land Management. (BLM/Courtesy)

Air tankers are fighting the Mill Fire, near Crown King, because of the rough terrain, according to the Bureau of Land Management. (BLM/Courtesy)

A 179-acre wildfire that started burning about 7 miles southwest of Crown King Monday, May 6, was 50% contained by Tuesday night, according to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials.

The fire began in an area just south of the Prescott National Forest and was moving southwest in "rough and remote" terrain with little road access, BLM reported.

Fortunately, the blaze received measurable rain and is not expected to grow any further. The acreage increased due to improved mapping. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, 70 fire personnel and two helicopters continued to work the fire.

No structures were initially threatened by the blaze; however, had the fire not been dampened by the rain, BLM officials said it could have possibly moved into an area where there are buildings.

The fire’s cause remains under investigation.

For updates, go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6309/.

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