Wild Bill Fire northwest of Flagstaff 50 percent contained

Wild Bill Fire

Crews responded to the Wild Bill Fire northwest of Flagstaff on Friday. Photo courtesy of Coconino National Forest.


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on June 14, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 17 at 3:16 PM

Wild Bill Fire | Coconino National Forest
Northwest of Flagstaff, Ariz.
9:30 a.m., Friday, June 14
26 acres
Under investigation
Hotshot crews, engines and dozers, as well as a heavy helicopter and air tanker
Map: Bellemont, Ariz.

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WILLIAMS, Ariz. -- A wildfire burning northwest of Flagstaff was 50 percent contained as of 5 p.m. Friday and fire managers are anticipating full containment by Saturday afternoon.

The Wild Bill Fire started at around 9:30 a.m. Friday off Forest Road 171, approximately four miles west of Highway 180 and seven miles north of Bellemont. It has burned an estimated 26 acres, according to Coconino National Forest spokeswoman Brienne Magee.

Hotshot crews, engines, dozers, a helitanker and an air tanker responded to the wildfire.

Magee said the fire has been confined, meaning there is line around the fire and further growth has been stopped. Crews will continue mopping up and ensure lines hold through the remainder of the day.

The fire generally burned across the forest floor on level terrain in ponderosa pine forest, with some individual torching.

Smoke can be expected for the next couple of days.

As a precaution, forest managers closed the Lava River Cave and surrounding area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.