Fire Service Says:

Lightning Strikes Keep Firefighters Busy Chasing Smoke Reports

Contact(s): Debbie Maneely: 928-443-8130

As monsoon thunderstorms crossed portions of the Prescott National Forest this afternoon, firefighters have been busy chasing smoke reports across the forest.

The 100 acre Castle Creek Fire is burning approximately 6 miles east of the community of Crown King in the Castle Creek Wilderness (T10N, R1E, S27). The fire’s location, conditions on the ground, and weather, including predicted monsoonal moisture is providing the opportunity to use this natural ignition to restore fire to the landscape and achieve multiple resource benefits; including improving forest health and habitat diversity. Smoke from the Castle Creek Fire may be seen from I-17, Dewey, Mayer and Prescott Valley. The fire is being monitored by firefighters and poses no threat to life or property.

The Cellar Fire is burning approximately 4 miles north and east of Wagoner (T10N, R2W, S5). Due to its location two SEATS (Single Engine Air Tankers) are being used to slow progression of the 5 acre fire. Firefighters are responding to the incident which is located on the southeast corner of the forest.

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