Wildfire near Yarnell grows slightly

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Posted on August 19, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 21 at 3:40 PM

French Gulch Fire
Date of Origin:
Saturday, August 17, 2013, approx. 07:42 PM
Cause:
Lightning
Location:
5 miles east of Yarnell, AZ
Total Personnel:
150
Size:
850 acres
Containment:
15%
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday, August 23, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels:
Oak brush, grass, chaparral, and juniper
Fire Behavior:
Fire active on western flank
Significant Events:
Fire made a 300-acre run between 1400 and 1600 hrs yesterday.
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YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) -- A wildfire burning five miles east of the communities of Yarnell and Peeples Valley in north-central Arizona has grown slightly even as firefighters make progress in containing it.

Officials say the French Gulch Fire was at 850 acres Wednesday as containment increased to 15 percent. They expect full containment by Friday evening.

The lightning-caused blaze is in the same region of western Yavapai County as the deadly Yarnell Hill fire that killed 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots on June 30.

State forestry officials say the current fire is burning in brush and low trees in extremely rugged terrain where there's no road access for firefighters.

Officials say 160 personnel are battling the blaze. Helicopters are dropping water and transporting crews.

The fire started Saturday night and isn't threatening any structures.

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