Monday Morning: Brooklyn Complex, Sun Fires

10 July 2017  
Yesterday’s closure of I-17 was yet another fire. Fortunately, it was suppressed in hours. 

According to the Bureau of Land Management’s Facebook page, yesterday a new fire, “...was sparked along I-17 forcing road closures to both the North and South bound lanes temporarily. Firefighters assigned to the #BrooklynFire in addition to a local Initial Attack Taskforce responded quickly. The #SunFire near Sunset Point Rest Area burned 14 acres and is 100% contained. The cause is under investigation. Unfortunately fires occur quite frequently on roadsides and medians in Arizona. Remember one less spark = one less wildfire.”

Responding agencies included: Daisy Mtn Fire, Mayer Fire, Brooklyn Fire, Concho Fire, Wolf Creek Hotshots and law enforcement. 

Pictures & Video courtesy USDA Forest Service, BLM Phoenix District, Tonto National Forest, Southwest Type 1 Incident Management Team 2, John Pierson IC.

The Brooklyn Fire Complex consists of three fires within ten miles of one another, all started by lightning: Brooklyn, Bull and West Cedar Fires. 

A community meeting will be held tonight at Canon School in Black Canyon City at 6 PM.

The fire is expected to spread mainly to the east, unless winds push it further north. 

 Here is the video update from this morning:

According to Inciweb, "Threats over the next 24-hour period include: APS transmission line; permittee allotments; range improvements; in-holdings; multiple cultural sites; potential smoke impacts to I-17 and north Phoenix areas.” 

One hundred and fifty personnel are currently working on the fire. 

There are 150 structures potentially at risk in Northeast Black Canyon City, and there is significant threat to cultural, riparial and sensitive wildlife species ont he Agua Fria National Monument. But at this point, no evacuations are in place and I-17 has no closures.

Editor's Note: This story may be updated through the day should further developments arise. 









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Lynne LaMaster

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