RAW VIDEO: Secret Fire burning southwest of Flagstaff

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by Andrew Michalscheck

azfamily.com

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Secret Fire
Location:
A remote area at the edge of the Mogollon Rim and Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness, near Loy Canyon. As the crow flies, 30 miles southwest of Flagstaff, 10 miles west of Hwy 89A, 15 miles northwest of Sedona
Started:
Saturday, June 16
Size:
approximately 15 acres
Containment:
40%
Cause:
Lightning
Landscape:
Dense forest, steep and rugged terrain.
Structures:
No homes or property are nearby or threatened
Restrictions:
Temporary flight restriction in place. A temporary closure is in place for the fire area – including a portion of the Secret Mountain and Loy Canyon trails. 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.
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Firefighters have been able to hold a fire burning at the edge of the Mogollon Rim and Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness to approximately 15 acres as of Monday morning.

The fire is 40 percent contained. A portion of the fire is on a very steep slope inaccessible to firefighters; utilizing water drops on that area has been keeping flames from spreading.

Two hotshot crews will remain on scene Monday -- using helicopters when needed – to continue holding and mopping up.

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

Crews were successful in keeping the Secret Fire from growing Sunday, according to Brienne Magee with the Coconino National Forest.

Firefighters and helicopters were still on scene Sunday evening.

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.

The size of the fire remains at 15 acres. It is 0 percent contained.

Smoke is not visible from Flagstaff or Sedona.

No homes or property are nearby or threatened.

Temporary flight restriction in place. A temporary closure is in place for the fire area – including a portion of the Secret Mountain and Loy Canyon trails. 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.

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