Arizona wildfire burning near forest grows to 162 acres

May 7, 2019, 9:34 AM | Updated: Jun 18, 2019, 12:14 pm
(Bureau of Land Management Photo)...
(Bureau of Land Management Photo)
(Bureau of Land Management Photo)

PHOENIX – A fast-moving wildfire burning less than 100 miles northwest of Phoenix could begin to slow down with rainfall Tuesday in Arizona.

The Mill Fire near Crown King ignited late Monday morning and had grown to 162 acres in less than 24 hours. Containment was zero percent.

The Bureau of Land Management said air tankers were dumping retardants to slow the fire’s progress in rough terrain. Helicopters were bringing firefighters to the remote area close to Prescott National Forest.

Showers began moving into the area early in the morning.

“Thunderstorms are really going to help firefighters gain the upper hand on the Mill Fires,” bureau spokeswoman Dolores Garcia told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Several hotshot crews were working the blaze. No structures were near enough to catch fire for now but there were active mining sites in the area, Garcia said.

A Type 3 incident management team would be responsible for developing a strategy for the firefighters.

Type 3 incidents command teams “manage initial attack fires with a significant number of resources, an extended attack fire until containment/control is achieved, or an escaped fire until a Type 1 or 2 team assumes command,” according to an interagency government website.

The rain was going to be “a critical factor,” Garcia said.

Precipitation will determine personnel numbers, 121 were on hand already, equipment needs and how they all would be used.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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Arizona wildfire burning near forest grows to 162 acres