Arizona wildfire updates: Pipeline Fire 90% contained after consuming more than 26K acres

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Wildfire season in Arizona began early, and multiple wildfires continue to burn across the state.

Here is a roundup of fires across Arizona:

Pipeline Fire

(Last updated June 27)

Location: 6 miles north of Flagstaff.

What we know: The Pipeline Fire has burned more than 26,500 acres, according to Coconino National Forest officials.

The cause of the fire was unknown, although a man has been arrested in connection to it and charged with natural resource violations as he said he was burning toilet paper, officials said.

About 139 personnel were assigned to the fire as of June 27.

The fire command was transferred from Great Basin Team 2 to the local unit on the morning of June 27.

A Burned Area Emergency Response Team responded to the fire to assess erosion stabilization issues on June 23 and was completing risk assessments on June 27, according to an update from Coconino National Forest.

Starting June 27, the efforts of the response team will focus on deciding appropriate treatment actions to reduce risks in the burned area. The team will present its findings and recommendations to the Forest Supervisor of the Coconino National Forest and partner agencies for areas outside of the National Forest System, according to an update released on June 27.

The measures to be taken will aim at protecting human life as well as natural resources, cultural resources and property, the update said.

Humidity from monsoons, with possible showers and thunderstorms, was expected to minimize fire behavior from June 22 through the end of the week. Firefighters were also standing by should thunderstorm activity cause a new fire start, according to Coconino National Forest officials.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency for the fire on June 16. Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy signed an emergency declaration for the Pipeline Fire on June 13.

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Evacuations and closures: All private lands and neighborhoods that were evacuated due to the Pipeline Fire were set to "Ready" status.

According to Coconino County, the Coconino National Forest in the area of the Pipeline and Haywire fires will remain closed due to a temporary closure order from the U.S. Forest Service.

The Arizona Department of Transportation confirmed U.S. 89 had reopened as of June 19.

Acreage: 26,532 acres.

Containment: 90%.

Fire start date: June 12.

Haywire Fire

(Last updated June 28)

Location: 7.5 miles northeast of Doney Park.

What we know: The Haywire Fire burned over 5,500 acres, according to Coconino National Forest officials. The fire merged with the Double Fire on June 13.

About 38 personnel were assigned to the fire as of June 28. The cause was unknown, but officials said it was suspected that it originated from a lightning strike.

A Burned Area Emergency Response Team that started soil assessments on the Pipeline Fire on June 23 also started soil burn assessments on the Haywire Fire area on June 27, according to an update.

The fire command was transferred from Great Basin Team 2 to the local unit on the morning of June 27.

Crews will continue patrolling the U.S. 89 corridor for hot spots and securing the fire's edge, according to officials with the Coconino National Forest. Suppression repair and road rehabilitation continue as well.

Moisture from the monsoons was expected to minimize fire behavior through the end of the week.

Evacuations and closures: All private lands and neighborhoods that were evacuated due to the Haywire Fire were set to "Ready" status.

According to Coconino County, the Coconino National Forest in the area of the Pipeline and Haywire fires will remain closed due to a temporary closure order from the U.S. Forest Service.

Acreage: 5,575 acres.

Containment: 95%.

Fire start date: June 12.

Tonto Canyon Fire

(Last updated June 27)

Location: Tumacacori Mountains near Manzanita Mountain in southern Arizona.

What we know: Three fire "starts" combined to create the Tonto Canyon Fire on June 12, according to Coronado National Forest. About 41 personnel were working on the fire as of June 27. About 3,000 acres have been burned in Sonora, Mexico, due to the Tonto Canyon Fire. There won't be more updates on the fire unless something significant happens.

Evacuations and closures: National Forest System Road (NFSR) 39 (Ruby Road) was closed on June 13, starting from its intersection with NFSR 4186, then southeast to White Rock Campground.

Acreage: 9,264 acres in the U.S. and 3,000 in Mexico.

Containment: 75%.

Fire start date: June 12.

Fires with significant containment

  • Crooks Fire: 9,402 acres (96% containment as of May 27).

  • Locklin Fire: 112 acres (Contained as of April 30).

  • San Rafael Fire: 11,620 acres (Contained as of May 15).

  • Elgin Bridge Fire: 2,149 acres (Contained as of May 31).

  • Tunnel Fire: 19,088 acres (Contained as of June 3).

  • Lost Lake Fire: 5,856 acres (Contained as of June 5).

  • Contreras Fire: 29,482 acres (Contained as of June 23).

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Arizona wildfire updates: Pipeline Fire burns 26K acres, 90% contained