YARNELL, Ariz. — A wildfire burning five miles east of the communities of
Yarnell and Peeples Valley in north-central Arizona has grown slightly even as
firefighters make progress in containing it.
Officials said the French Gulch Fire grew to 850 acres Tuesday as containment
increased to 15 percent. They expected full containment by Friday evening.
The lightning-caused blaze is in the same region of western Yavapai County as
the deadly Yarnell Hill fire that killed 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots on June
State forestry officials said the current fire is burning in brush and low trees
in extremely rugged terrain where there’s no road access for firefighters.
Officials said 160 personnel are battling the blaze. Helicopters are dropping
water and transporting crews.
The fire started Saturday night and isn’t threatening any structures.