Photos: Canyon Fire is nearly 40 percent contained; crews optimistic

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Seen from Highway 87, looking north, the Canyon Fire continues to burn mostly in pinyon, juniper and grassland. Photo taken July 2. By Jennifer Thomas Seen from Highway 87, looking north, the Canyon Fire continues to burn mostly in pinyon, juniper and grassland. Photo taken July 2. By Jennifer Thomas
Panoramic shot of the Canyon Fire, seen from milepost 312 on Highway 87, looking northwest. Photo taken on July 2. By Jennifer Thomas Panoramic shot of the Canyon Fire, seen from milepost 312 on Highway 87, looking northwest. Photo taken on July 2. By Jennifer Thomas
Panoramic shot of Jacks Canyon near the climbing area, a popular destination for rock climbers around the nation. Photo taken July 2. By Jennifer Thomas Panoramic shot of Jacks Canyon near the climbing area, a popular destination for rock climbers around the nation. Photo taken July 2. By Jennifer Thomas
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
Fire view from Long Lake on July 1 By Jennifer Thomas Fire view from Long Lake on July 1 By Jennifer Thomas

COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. -- Coconino National Forest officials said the Canyon Fire is nearly 40 percent contained and they are optimistic for considerable containment sometime this week.

The lightning-caused fire started Friday morning about 15 miles north/northeast of Blue Ridge Reservoir in the Jacks Canyon area near Highway 87.

Mop-up operations are ongoing on the south and east flanks of the fire, with complete burnout operations on the west flank of the fire. The fire has reached some areas of light fuels on the north end and has stopped spreading west and east of Jacks Canyon.

Approximately 125 personnel are fighting the Canyon Fire, which is estimated to be 6,935 acres. Three crews, five engines, two water tenders, air attack aircraft, two helicopters with water buckets, one heli-tanker and two dozers are on the scene.

No structures are threatened and no evacuations have been ordered, but the fire did force the closure of Highway 87 over the weekend.

Crews continue to work along Highway 87 to make sure all hot spots are extinguished.

Highway 87 is open and drivers in the area are asked to travel at safe speeds, watch out for firefighters and their operations, and are asked to not stop on the highway to take pictures.

Firefighting costs at this point have reached approximately $300,000.