141-acre wildfire burning near Crown King

Posted at 9:17 AM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 21:24:42-04

Officials are battling a new wildfire in Arizona.

The “Cleator Fire” is located a mile southwest of Cleator and 7 miles northeast of Crown King. The fire is currently 141 acres in size and burning in grass and chaparral.

The Prescott, Blue Ridge and Flagstaff hotshots, 60 firefighters, two engines, one type 3 helicopter and one air attack have been assigned to the fire.

Crews anticipated having the fire 50 percent contained by 8 p.m. Monday.

"They are just pitching line in and hot-spotting along the black edge," Prescott National Forest spokesman Anthony Montiel said.

Officials say the fire does not seem to be a threat to the town of Cleator. The forest service is keeping a watch of the fire to see if the flames jump to another ridge.

Fire officials say the exact cause of the fire is under investigation, but they believe humans caused it.

"You are supposed to have some wits about you when it's windy and you know everything is dry," said Cleator resident Ron Schultz. "I've been here 18 years, and I can't count all the fires."  

Cleator is a ghost town with a handful of residents. It is in the Prescott National Forest, east of Yarnell and northwest of Black Canyon City.

There are no reports of any structures threatened at this time but the high winds in the area are a concern.

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