UPDATE | Humidity and cooler temperatures have significantly reduced fire activity tonight. Firefighters have been flown out of the immediate fire area and will be flown in tomorrow. Interior heat and gusty winds a concern for tomorrow. 2110 hours MST. (Source: BLM AZ Wildfire)
CROWN KING, Arizona | A wildfire broke out on Monday, May 6th around 1115 hours MST, which is located near Silver Dollar Spring and Logan Mine Spring and about eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona.
Photo taken about a mile south of Weaver Mountain Center, looking to the east | Courtesy: Inciweb
The area is so remote, helicopters are shuttling around firefighters from Staging to the fire ground.
Air tankers have been dropping retardant to try to slow the forward progression of fire.
There are approximately 162 personnel assigned to this incident, along with a request for a Type 3 IMT on order.
There is active fire behavior. It has grown from 30-50 acres (last reported at 1500 hours MST) to 162 acres as of 1935 hours MST. It is being reported as a very fast-moving wildfire.
There is a zero containment status, but fire crews are working tirelessly in trying to stop the fire as it continues to destroy grass and brush in its path.
The area is considered to be very difficult and remote with resources being flown in to and out of the area. The danger looms while air resources are working from above and facing current gusty windy conditions out of the south.
As of 2000 hours MST, temps were at 59*F, with a RH of 36% and visibility at 10 miles. Winds are reportedly coming from south at eight miles-per-hour. (Source: The National Weather Service @ 1935 hours MST).
The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.
None have been reported at the time of this post.
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