Crews battle Poco Fire that threatens Tucson, Phoenix energy

PAYSON, AZ - Crews are continuing to battle the Poco Fire near Young, Ariz., which has grown to about 3,200 acres of rough terrain.

The fire grew minimally throughout the last 24 hours, but containment remains at 15 percent.

During the afternoon, residents may notice more smoke from the fire after the hot, dry and windy weather expected Monday.

According to a press release, the fire is threatening electrical transmission lines that provide energy for Tucson and Phoenix.

Firefighters are trying to protect those lines by constructing fire lines.

Officials say there are 677 personnel fighting the fire from Arizona, California, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana.

There will be a community meeting tonight at the Young Community Center at 7 p.m. to provide residents with an update on the fire and to address concerns.

Forest Road 512 remains closed and part of the ranger district is closed east of Forest Road 200, south of Forest Road 291 and north of Forest Road 512.

Officials also say that the Fox Fire, burning a few miles southwest of Cascabel, Ariz., has grown to approximately 1,200 acres.

No structures are threatened as of now, but crews are working on battling the flames.

There is very little vehicular access to the location, so firefighters are hoping to suppress the fire by aircraft and helicopter.

The Fox Fire is believed to have been started by lightning on Saturday, June 16.

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