Patrols Still Watching For Rim Fires

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Because fire knows no boundaries, emergency personnel have been siphoned out of the Payson Ranger District to help fight both the Potato Fire, burning near Heber, and the Woody Fire west of Flagstaff.

But the all-important severity patrols that have helped keep northern Gila County free from serious fires will continue.

The Potato Fire, which has burned about 6,200 acres, is about 80 percent contained. It is burning 10 miles northwest of Heber in Wildcat Canyon. The fire has burned to within one-half mile of the Chevelon Retreat and Chevelon Acres subdivision.

The fire is also threatening four large powerlines that supply power to Phoenix and Tucson.

The fire started June 6 and originally consisted of four separate lightning-caused fires that grew to one larger blaze.

The Woody Fire, now fully contained, began about 4 p.m. June 14 about two miles from downtown Flagstaff.

The Red Cross set up an emergency shelter at Flagstaff High School that housed about 50 people the night the fire started.

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