Wildfire in Arizona - Generic

Cellar Fire has been estimated to 1000 acres. 

PRESCOTT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- On Sunday afternoon, firefighters were occupied tracking smoke throughout the Prescott National Forest, the forest service reported.

They are coming from the Castle Creek Fire and the Cellar Fire. 

According to Prescott National Forest public affairs officer Debbie Maneely, the 100-acre Castle Creek Fire burning about six miles east of the Crown King area in the Castle Creek Wilderness. It is currently monitored by fire crews.

Smoke from the fire could be visible I-17, Dewey, Mayer and Prescott Valley, added Maneely. No structures or lives are threatened by the fire at this time.

In fact, Maneely claims the monsoon thunderstorms that crossed over some of the areas is advantageous to handling the fire.

"The fire's location, conditions on the ground, and weather, including predicted monsoonal moisture is providing the opportunity to use this natural ignition to restore fire to the landscape and achieve multiple resource benefit: including improving forest health and habitat diversity," said Maneely in a release.

The Cellar Fire, is burning four miles northeast of Wagoner. Single-engine air tankers were in use to stall the expansion of the fire that is now at 1000 acres. Four hotshot crews, two single-engine air tankers and a helicopter were at the fire on Tuesday to help firefighters.  

 


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