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Lighter Winds And Heavy Air Attack Tuesday Leads To 31-Percent Containment Of The Pipeline Fire

Thanks to lighter winds and a heavy air attack, the Pipeline Fire is now at 31-percent contained. With added resources that came into Flagstaff over the last day, it put more boots on the ground. With the winds lower, it brought out the air support. The Pipeline Fire has burned over 20-thousand acres, while the Haywire Fire has burned over four-thousand. On the Pipeline Fire Tuesday were two DC-10 aircraft, at least three large aircraft and multiple helicopters and scout planes. Air support bombarded the fire through most of the day. Many crews were positioned at Lockett Meadow and the inner basin. Fire officials say between fire crews and air support, they are still working to protect both areas and will do the same Wednesday.  On the Haywire Fire, fire crews saw the biggest problems.  Stephen Fillmore from the Type 2 fire team from California working the fire tells KAFF News, Tuesday was a good day for fire crews. He says late in the day “the wind picked up and changed direction a little bit, which took the fire into some new fuels” which created a lot of smoke. Air attack used the rest of daylight to work on that fire. Lighter winds are expected Wednesday, which should lead to another active air attack on the fires, which hopefully will lead to additional containment. The Haywire Fire is still zero-percent contained. However, Fillmore says if you bring the Haywire and the Pipeline fire together into a complex, there would be 22-percent containment. Currently the over 22-thousand acres have burned on the Pipeline Fire, with over five-thousand acres burned on the Haywire Fire.

To hear the interview between KAFF News’ Dave Zorn and Stephen Fillmore of the Type 2 team, click here: 

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