Prescott, AZ (April 25, 2016) - The Cleator Fire is approximately 141 acres with 50% containment; burning on the Bradshaw Ranger District approximately 1 ½ miles south and west of Cleator. The fire is moving slowly to the south and east into Castle Creek Wilderness with little growth expected this evening due to cooler temperatures and higher humidity. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Resources assigned to the Cleator Fire include the Blue Ridge and Flagstaff Hotshots; one Type-2 crew from Arizona State, three Engines, one Type-3 Helicopter and miscellaneous overhead.
REMINDER Campfire Safety – Your Arizona Forests would like to remind forest visitors about the use of campfires; we all have a role to play in preventing human-caused fires.
- Don’t throw cigarette butts in the forest or out vehicle windows.
- Keep your campfires small. Bring water and a shovel to extinguish your campfire.
- If possible use an established campfire ring.
- Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, dry grass, pine needles and leaves.
- Pile extra wood away from the fire.
- Clear the ground to bare soil within a 10-foot diameter circle.
- Never leave your campfire unattended. Even a small breeze could cause the fire to spread by carrying hot embers out of your fire ring.
- Do not bury your coals as they can smolder and re-ignite later.
- When extinguishing your campfire, use the Pour, Stir, Feel method. Pour water onto your campfire. With a shovel, stir the ashes and embers, using dirt to help cool the fire faster. Gently feel with the back of your hand for any heat in your campfire. If it’s too hot to touch, than it’s too hot to leave. Repeat these steps until you are certain your campfire is Dead-Out. When it’s cool enough to stick your hand in, it’s cool enough to leave.
For more information on Campfire Safety, review Smokey Bear’s Campfire Safety Guide at http://www.smokeybear.com/campfire-safety.asp.
The public can obtain fire information via the following:
- Prescott National Forest Fire Information Hotline: 928-777-5799
- Prescott National Forest Web Site: www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott
- Fire Information: 928-925-1111