Containment increases on Poco Fire

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

YOUNG, Ariz. -- Firefighters continue to make progress on the Poco Fire burning in the Tonto National Forest.

Fire officials announced on Sunday that the blaze is now up to 50 percent contained, and covers 11,950 acres.

A plan has been put in place to transfer command of the fire from the Northern Arizona Incident Management Team back to the Tonto National Forest.

Firefighters spent Saturday removing hoses, securing containment lines, and continuing to mop-up. They’ve also nearly completed rehabilitating areas affected by fire suppression efforts.

More than 500 fire personnel are working on the Poco Fire, but many are being released to their home units or sent to other assignments in Arizona and New Mexico.

The Poco Fire began burning just northeast of the town of Young on June 14.

For more information about the Poco Fire visit www.inciweb.org/incident/2911.