Prescott, AZ (June 26, 2018) –Firefighters are working to contain the 3 acre Pinto Fire and 5 acre Copper Fire that are burning along I-17, south of Highway 260 at mile marker 283. The cause of both fires are under investigation. However, roadside fires can be caused by dragging chains or a carelessly tossed cigarette.
Arizona Department of Transportation has closed both southbound and northbound traffic on I-17 between HWY 260 and HWY 169. Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at AZ511, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter Feed, @ArizonaDOT.
Resources assigned: 1 – Type I Crew, 1 – Fuels Crew, 2- Type II Crews, 4 – Engines, 2 – Helicopters.
REMINDER One less Spark, One less Wildfire
Pausing or parking a car or truck in tall grass or over shrubs can start fires. This not only may damage your vehicle but may also start a quickly moving fire. Do not park where vegetation is touching the underside of your vehicle. Also be sure that all vehicles and tires are in excellent working order; safety chains or other trailer equipment must not drag or dangle; these can get hot or create sparks causing not just one but multiple wildfires. Look behind you as your driving to make sure all is well. It's always a good idea to carry a fire extinguisher.
The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
· Arizona Fire Restrictions: https://firerestrictions.us/az
· Public Lands in Arizona: www.wildlandfire.AZ.gov or call 1-877-864-6985
· Prescott National Forest Web Site: https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
· Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121
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