Firefighters respond to the Sour Fire north of Highway 169
Updated as of Monday, January 18, 2021 5:04 PM
Firefighters from multiple agencies responded to a wildfire near milepost 11 on Highway 169 on the Verde Ranger District Sunday night, Jan. 17.
According to a post on the Prescott National Forest Facebook page, firefighters from Prescott National Forest, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA), and Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District responded to what has been labeled the Sour Fire.
The wildfire is burning in brush and grass approximately four miles west of Interstate 17, north of Highway 169 and just east of Cherry Creek Road (T13N, R3E, Sec 6), according to a Prescott National Forest news release Monday.
The 1200-acre Sour Fire was reported to be 20% contained Monday.
“Last night firefighters from Prescott NF, Copper Canyon Fire Department and Central AZ Medical and Fire worked until 10 p.m. conducting burnout operations east of Cherry Creek Road and south of Forest Road 96 and north of Highway 169 in an effort to keep the fire from moving north of Forest Road 96 towards the community of Cherry,” Prescott National Forest said in the release. “Today (Monday) firefighters will continue to reinforce and secure the black line along the perimeter of the fire. Smoke will be visible from Hwy 169 and in the community of Cherry as interior fuels continue to burn. The fire poses no threat to life or property.”
Forest Service officials reminded the public to obey all traffic signs, drive slowly, and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the fire as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be traveling along Highway 169, Forest Road 96 and Cherry Creek Road.
"There are currently no structures threatened or any other values at risk," CAFMA said in a Facebook post Sunday.
The Sour Fire is human caused and under investigation.
The public can find additional information and updates about the Sour Fire online at:
• Prescott NF Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott
• On Twitter: @PrescottNF
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrescottNF
• Fire Information: 928-925-1111