Official: Lightning may have sparked three fires near Clifton in Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

CLIFTON, AZ - Forest officials said lightning may have ignited three fires Thursday in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

The largest of the three fires, the Sunset Fire, is between 20-50 acres and is located in far eastern Arizona near Clifton.

Officials said the Sunset Fire was reported around 12:15 p.m. and is located five miles northeast of Clifton near Sunset Mountain.

One hotshot crew and one engine have reported to the scene. An additional hotshot crew and Type 3 helicopter are expected to arrive on Friday, according to a release.

The Pat Fire was reported at 1:21 p.m. and is located 13 miles northeast of Clifton near Pat Mountain. It is currently estimated to be between 2-3 acres, according to forest officials. The Strayhorse Initial Attack handcrew has responded to that fire.

The Eagle Divide fire is the smallest reported fire estimated at less than an acre. Forest officials said this fire was reported at 3:06 p.m. and is located 35 miles north of Clifton and 18 miles southwest of Alpine, Ariz. Two engines from Alpine have responded to the fire.

All three of these wildfires are at 0 percent containment. Officials believed all three may have been started by lightning after storms rolled into the area.

Authorities were battling another wildfire Thursday, the Woods Canyon Fire , located 35 miles east of Payson. Officials said that fire scorched 88 acres and was at 40 percent containment as of Thursday afternoon.

Fire crews are continuing to battling the Slide Fire located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Sedona.

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