FLAGSTAFF, AZ - Canyon Fire
The Canyon Fire in the Coconino National Forest has burned more than 5,000 acres, shutting down a portion of Highway 87.
According to Coconino National Forest officials, Highway 87 is currently closed and motorists are being turned back in Winslow and also to the southwest of the fire at the Lake Mary Road junction.
The fire is located approximately 15 miles northeast of Blue Ridge Reservoir in the Jacks Canyon area.
The Canyon Fire was reported just after 7 a.m. Friday and is suspected to have been started by lightning.
No structures are threatened at this time and no residents have been asked to evacuate the area.
Another fire near Cottonwood burned approximately 1,682 acres.
Officials report that the fire, also caused by lightning, is now 100% percent contained.
No structures or evacuations were ordered for the Cottonwood fire.
Four fires are burning in the Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest after a series of storms and active lightning strikes.
The Grapevine fire started late Thursday afternoon approximately six miles east of Bonita, Ariz. in the Stockton Pass area.
Officials report Sunday night that the fire is 20 percent contained and is approximately 14,000 acres.
The Trap Peak Fire, Pinnacle Fire and Horse Fire are also burning nearby in the Safford area.
Crews are having a hard time reaching the Trap Peak Fire, which is only two acres in size, but resources are available.
Likewise, the Pinnacle Fire is active and has burned 60 acres. As of Sunday night, the fire is zero percent contained.
Those who are sensitive to smoke and poor air quality should take the proper precautions as smoke is expected to blow east from the fires.
Homeowners in fire-prone areas are also expected to follow directions for the safety of themselves and their homes.
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