Containment of the Coon Creek Fire, which was at 50 percent only two days ago, is now at 85 percent, Forest Service public information officer Fred Coe said Tuesday.
"We do expect full containment within the next few days," Coe said. The blaze, which started April 26, has burned 9,259 acres of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness in the Tonto National Forest north of Globe, at a cost to date of just under $5 million.
The Forest Service has determined that the Coon Creek devastation was caused by an improperly built campfire. For updates, call the Coon Creek Fire Information Center at (602) 225-5291.