Wildfire Near Ellison Creek Snuffed

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Quick response from Payson Ranger District fire crews doused a lightning-caused wildfire northeast of Ellison Creek near the Dude Fire burn area Monday afternoon.

"We slammed it, got on it right away," District Fuels Specialist Don Nunley said.

"It was spreading into the grasses in the (Dude) fire and we wanted to stop it."

Among the first on the scene were four Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) and two helicopters.

Ground crews also helped contain the fire, after two hours, at about two acres.

Nunley said crews would be on the scene again this morning to make sure all hot spots were extinguished.

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