CLINTS WELL — The Coldwater Fire, which broke out May 30 in Clints Well, Arizona, has now spread over 16,000 acres in a 17,900 planning area.
According to a press release issued by the Coconino National Forest, the fire began as the result of a lightning strike.
Since the Coldwater Fire's eruption, it has burned 16,790 acres approximately four miles south of Clints Well. As of Wednesday, the fire is 30% contained.
Currently, 119 personnel are working to suppress the fire with resources that include an air attack with helicopter; a Hotshot crews; two fuels crew; a dozer; a grader and seven engines.
Crews are actively working to keep the fire from spreading to "homes, structures, cultural sites, power transmission lines, trail heads, campgrounds and other values at risk."
According to a tweet from Arizona State Forestry officials, air operations were temporarily suspended when crews spotted a drone in the area.
Officials say drones near wildfires create a serious safety hazard for fire aircraft and result in aircraft being grounded immediately.
Per the @CoconinoNF: drone stops air ops on #ColdwaterFire. This is a huge safety issue, folks. When a drone is spotted aviation being used to help suppress a fire has to be grounded. When you fly, we cant’t. #AZFire #CoconinoNF https://t.co/6jTwAjcZh1— AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) June 9, 2019
Over the next few days, officials say residents in the surrounding area should expect to see and smell an increased presence of smoke. Areas that may be impacted by smoke include:
- Sunrise Resort
- Happy Jack Lodge
- Blue Ridge area
- Camp Verde
"Smoke may appear thicker at times due to burnout operations or as the wildfire consumes larger trees," the press statement read. "This is normal."
There are no closures in the surrounding area, but use caution and expect smoke in some areas.