Secret Fire more than half contained

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Firefighters have been able to contain 60 percent of the fire burning at the edge of the Mogollon Rim and Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness to approximately 15 acres as of Monday morning.

Flagstaff rangers say the fire didn't grow yesterday, and the fire behavior is low with minimal chances of rekindling. Firefighters will remain on the scene continuing cleanup.

The U.S. Forest Service says the Secret Fire, which was caused by lightning, began burning on Saturday.

The fire is located about 30 miles southwest of Flagstaff and 15 miles northwest of Sedona.

Fortunately, there are no homes nearby.

Approximately 80 firefighters have been working the blaze, and are able to keep the growth to a minimum.

So far, the containment lines crews created have held, and on the portion of the fire that is on a slope inaccessible to firefighters, water drops have helped moderate fire behavior, keeping flames from spreading.

Warm, dry and windy conditions and steep rough terrain remain a concern for fire managers. Potential still exists for the fire to move into Loy Canyon where slopes and "funnel-like" terrain could fuel fire behavior.

No homes or property are nearby or threatened.

Signs are posted and patrols are in the area making contact with any visitors. This is a remote location that’s not highly used by the public.