Wash Fire near Heber-Overgaard is 1K acres


by Natalie Rivers and Jennifer Thomas


Posted on June 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 24 at 10:20 AM

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HEBER, Ariz. - Crews continue to battle a wildfire near the junction of Highways 277 and 377, just northeast of Heber-Overgaard.

The Wash Fire is estimated to be 1,000 acres and is at 0 percent containment. About 160 fire personnel are on the scene.

The human-casued fire started Thursday and is burning in Pinyon juniper and grass. A large column of smoke seen above the fire was from heavy fuels in Phoenix Park Wash.

Navopache officials confirmed Thursday night that some electrical utility poles were burned and they have personnel working to repair the damage. Power has been restored to Heber-Overgaard.

Smoke will still be visible Friday as single juniper torching and interior islands continue to burn out, but officials do not expect the fire to produce a column like the one seenThursday.

On Friday, firefighters plan to reinforce fire lines in an attempt to keep the fire from moving to the northeast.

The Arizona Department of Transportation temporarily closed Highway 377 between State Route 277 and State Route 77 near Holbrook. Highway 277 has reopened. Officials are encouraging the public to stay out of the immediate area so resources can get to the scene.

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