Barlow Fire burning in eastern Arizona

SAN CARLOS, AZ - A 440-acre wildfire is burning on the San Carlos Apache reservation in eastern Arizona.

The Barlow Fire started around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, 40 miles northwest of San Carlos, according to forestry officials.

The fire is burning in an area with Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine.

According to Victoria Wesley, Supervisory Forester with the San Carlos Tribal Forest Resources Program, the area has bark beetle infestation and the trees have been dead since 2001, giving the fire heavy fuel.

There is concern for winds to pick up and create a chimney effect through a small canyon.

Wesley said aircraft from Globe and ground crews are trying to get full suppression of the fire.

There is a ranch and ceremonial grounds about a mile away, but so far they are not threatened, Wesley said.

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