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Containment Of The Pipeline Fire Grows To 40-Percent, Haywire Fire Grows To 20-Percent Contained

The Pipeline Fire has burned over 26-thousand acres and containment grew to 40-percent, while the Haywire Fire has burned nearly 56-hundred acres, however containment grew to 20-percent. Fire managers say several years of persistent drought has much of Northern Arizona in severe or extreme drought. The drought, combined with the time of year, has both the live and dead fuels at critically dry levels. The Pipeline Fire is now burning well within the Kachina Peaks Wilderness, which has minimal recorded fire history. This area has both heavy loading and a high suppression difficulty index with minimal suppression opportunities. Saturday’s focus on the Pipeline Fire continues along patrol and containment lines. Crews will transition to holding and securing the perimeter lines. Increasing moisture will bring a chance of thunderstorms. The threat of gusty and erratic winds may require an adaptation of tactics to achieve suppression results. On the Haywire Fire, crews continued to construct fireline along the northern flank of the fire yesterday and the northeast corner is secured. Fire activity near Stewart Crater has calmed down with the help of suppression activities via helicopter bucket drops and single engine air tanker treatments. Fire managers say smoke may be visible within the perimeter of the fire, so please do not call 911 on smoke within the burned area, only call 911 for smoke in non-burned areas outside the fire’s perimeter. There are over 900 personnel working both fires.

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