Tenderfoot Fire Now 30% Contained

12 June 2016   Lynne LaMaster
Progress reported on the Tenderfoot Fire.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has made the following announcement: 


"As of 5pm today, home and business access on the east of Highway 89 in Yarnell is now open – With this announcement, there are NO further evacuation restrictions or road closures in Yarnell. 

"Please drive safely at all times as emergency personnel and utility workers remain in the area. 

"We again thank everyone for their cooperation and patience."

As of 4 PM today, the Tenderfoot fire at 4,040 acres is 30% contained.

There are 353 personnel assigned to fight the Tenderfoot Fire, including:

6 Hotshot crews

2 Type 2 initial attack crews

22 Engines

2 light, 3 heavy helicopters

2 air attack fixed wing aircraft platforms

3 bulldozers

According to Inciweb, "Fire activity today was moderated by moisture received on the fire Friday night, and cooler day time temperatures with higher humidity than yesterday. Crews continued to patrol fire lines on the perimeter of the fire near Yarnell and along the east side of the fire. Progress was also made in keeping the fire from growing to the north using direct attack methods supported by helicopters. Heavy air tankers were not required today due to moderating fire conditions.”

Incident Commander Alan Sinclair noted, “Work of the heavy air tankers made a significant contribution towards reducing the spread of fire on the north side of the incident yesterday.”

Although State Highway 89 is open to traffic, they are enforcing a speed limit of 25 MPH.

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