Crews Bring Coon Fire Under Control


The Coon Creek Fire, which scorched "a projected final size" of 9,359 acres of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness in the Tonto National Forest north of Globe, was completely contained Wednesday, according to Dave Killebrew, a fire information officer for the U.S. Forest Service.

"We don't have any crews actually working on" the fire at the present time, Killebrew said today (Friday). "We had a 20-person crew out there yesterday, but they have been released. The only resources committed to the fire through this weekend are one helicopter and one Forest Service observer, who is monitoring the fire from the Aztec Peak lookout. We will continue to monitor it until the fire is declared controlled."

"There is no estimate of when it will be controlled," he said.

When a fire is out, it is termed "controlled." When it "contained," a fire line has been established around the fire which proves "no reasonable expectation that the fire will escape" beyond the line, Killebrew said.

The estimated final cost of the Coon Creek blaze -- which started April 26 due to what the Forest Service has determined was an improperly built campfire -- is $4.94 million, Killebrew said.

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