Crews work to contain Poco fire amid tough conditions

Crews work to contain Poco fire amid tough conditions

Crews work to contain Poco fire amid tough conditions

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by Andrew Michalscheck

azfamily.com

Posted on June 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 12:07 PM

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YOUNG, Ariz. -- Firefighters continued to tackle difficult conditions surrounding the Poco fire on Saturday.

Steep, rocky terrain along with dry conditions and high temperatures are leading to very active fire behavior.

Firefighters continue to hold the fire along Forest Road 512, and build firelines on the eastern and western boundaries of the fire.

On Saturday, the Northern Arizona Incident Management Team commanded by Matt Reidy took over command of the Poco fire from the local team.

Fire engines, hotshot crews, dozers, and water tenders are being used to battle the blaze, with more resources being brought in.

A public meeting about the Poco fire is set for Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at the Gila County Public Library in Payson.

The Poco fire has been burning just northeast of the town of Young since Thursday. It covers approximately 1,500 acres and is 15 percent contained.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

For more information on the Poco fire visit www.inciweb.org/incident/2911.
 

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