300-plus acre wildfire in northern Arizona caused by crashed drone
PHOENIX — A crashed drone was the cause of a 300-plus acre wildfire that burned for hours in northern Arizona on Tuesday, the Coconino National Forest announced.
The fire, also known as the Kendrick fire, started burning southeast of Kendrick Park in Flagstaff around 12:35 p.m.
It had reached its peak around 5:30 p.m., at an estimated 335 acres.
Approximately 30 firefighters were on scene to help contain the wildfire.
The fire was burning in the area of Chapel of the Holy Dove, but the church was not threatened due to back burning. Forest officials said crews ensured its safety by “using fire to burn the fuels between the spreading wildfire and the Chapel.”
The first responders included several U.S. Forest Service engines, patrols and a water tender truck from Summit Fire. The fire was about 50 acres in size by the time they first arrived.
It started burning near the intersection of Forest Road 514 and FR 524.
Drivers in the area are being cautioned against smoke, response vehicles and personnel, which could impact traffic. The smoke may be limiting viability in the area.
It is not clear whether anyone will be held responsible for the fire.
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