Update: Fisher Fire near Flagstaff 50 percent contained; 175 acres burned

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Fire crews are working to contain a fire burning near Fisher Point in the Walnut Canyon area of the Coconino National Forest, about five miles southeast of Flagstaff.

The Fisher Fire was reported about 3 p.m. Friday and had grown to 175 acres Saturday afternoon. It is reported to be 50 percent contained. One hundred personnel have been fighting the fire.

The blaze is burning in timber on slopes in the area of last year's Fisher Fire, which cleared some brush. No structures have been threatened.

“I’ve always worried about a fire back in this area because there’s so much timber and especially this year, it’s super dry out,” said Kenneth Solis, who estimated he lives about a mile away from where the fire is burning. “It’s very alarming. We’ve had little to no rain. Snowpack is very minimal up in the peaks. Everything is tinder dry.”

As of Saturday late afternoon, fire behavior was reported as "minimal," and firefighters were gridding, securing lines, and beginning to mop up.

But crews are still keeping an eye on the winds. "Today and the next day we are looking at some pretty high winds and some pretty good potential," says Rick Miller of the Coconino National Forest.

Area residents like Ron Craver are concerned that the fire will spread toward his business, Hitching Post Stables. "Worried," says Craver. "Worried about it because this is our livelihood. This is how we make our bread and butter."

There have been some area closures around the vicinity of the fire, which includes some of the trail system. Firefighters say public safety is the first and highest priority in every fire management activity.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Several units from the Flagstaff Fire Department also responded to a smaller fire Saturday. Crews responded to the area of 500 N. Switzer Canyon for a report of a wildfire. The blaze had already covered a quarter of an acre Saturday afternoon.

The wind-driven fire was being driven up-slope towards some residences on Pine Cliff Dr. Crews were able to quickly stop the fire before it reached the homes. This is the second fire in two days in this area. No structures were involved and no injuries were sustained to civilians or firefighters.