Woods Canyon Fire burning near Payson

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Erika Flores

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 8:54 PM

Woods Canyon Fire
Location:
Woods Canyon Lake
Acres:
175 to 200
Containment:
Zero percent
Detected:
May 21
Fuels:
Ponderosa pine
Cause:
Under investigation
Map: Woods Canyon Lake

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150-acre forest fire now burning east of Payson

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Crews are making progress against a forest fire burning in eastern Arizona that was started by an illegal campfire.

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest officials say the fire was reported Wednesday morning near Woods Canyon Lake. The location is about 30 miles east of Payson and about 20 miles west of Heber-Overgaard.

Containment of the fire as of Thursday was at 40 percent.

It had been reported Wednesday that the fire had grown to 150 acres, but it was estimated size was reduced to 88 acres as of Thursday.

Authorities say no structures are threatened, but several campers had to be evacuated from the area. No injuries have been reported.

Several firefighting crews, a tanker airplane and two helicopters assigned to the fire, with the helicopters dipping water from the lake.

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150-acre forest fire now burning east of Payson

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Crews are making progress against a forest fire burning in eastern Arizona.

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest officials say the fire was reported Wednesday morning near Woods Canyon Lake. The location is about 30 miles east of Payson and about 20 miles west of Heber-Overgaard.

Containment of the fire as of Thursday was at 40 percent.

It had been reported Wednesday that the fire had grown to 150 acres, but it was estimated size was reduced to 88 acres as of Thursday.

Authorities say no structures are threatened, but several campers had to be evacuated from the area. No injuries have been reported.

Several firefighting crews, a tanker airplane and two helicopters assigned to the fire, with the helicopters dipping water from the lake.

The fire is believed to be human-caused.

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PAYSON, Ariz. -- Crews are working to contain a wildfire north of Woods Canyon Lake in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, about 30 miles east of Payson.

The Woods Canyon Fire was reported about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at 2.5 acres. It had grown to 150 acres and crossed Forest Road 195 by 4 p.m., according to the U.S. Forest Service.

By Wednesday night, the fire had burned between 175 to 250 acres near the popular camping area and was zero percent contained. Crews were unable to get a more precise estimate due to the heavy smoke.

It is burning Ponderosa pine trees on fairly flat ground.

Resources on scene Wednesday afternoon included a heavy air tanker, two type 3 helicopters, one type 2 crew and several engines. Additional resources were ordered.

Helicopters have been dipping water from the lake.

The U.S. Forest Service said no structures are threatened and no campsites have been evacuated.

3TV's Jason Volentine spoke to one camper at Woods Canyon Lake whose original plan to stay in Oak Creek Canyon was spoiled by the Slide Flire.

"We were so excited to go because we went to Slide Rock last year," Tania Rocco said. "This morning, we're watching the news, there's a big fire, so we decide to come up here and then there's another fire right here."

Crews plan to aggressively attack the fire Thursday morning, with hopes of reaching some level of containment.

The cause is under investigation.

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