90 Percent containment on Dripping Springs wildfire

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Wildfire burning near Pine - Firefighters are battling a wildfire burning one mile east of Pine.

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UPDATE: Thursday, 9:30 a.m.:

The fire has burned 46 acres and is 90 percent contained Thursday morning.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.: The Dripping Springs fire has been upgraded to a Type 2 incident, which means more resources are being sent to deal with it.

As of 8 a.m., the fire, which is burning in a steep, rocky area about 1 1/2 miles east of Pine in the Tonto National Forest, was about 60 acres. Crews said there are lots of bug-kill trees in the area. That means plenty of fuel for the flames.

Hotshot crews from Payson, Globe, Pleasant Valley, Blue Ridge, Flagstaff and Mormon Lake have all been called out. In addition, there are two fixed-wing planes and three helicopters working the fire from the air.

The red-flag warning that will be in effect for most of the day is causing crews on the scene some concern.

Officials said the fire is human-caused, but is still under investigation.


PINE -- Firefighters are battling a wildfire burning one mile east of Pine.

The Dripping Springs fire started Monday at approximatey 6 a.m. and has burned 50 to 75 acres.

At this time, no homes are being threatened.

According to the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, it started as a campfire that got out of control.

The fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain.

There are 100 people working the fire from the ground and air.

The fire's movement is mainly uphill, which means to the north and away from Pine, according to the Payson Ranger District.

According to a Tonto National Forest spokesperson, they are optimistic about getting the fire under control.