Human-Caused Gilliand Fire Under Control After One Night


A fire discovered Monday at 8 p.m. has been contained at 1.5 acres.

The Gilliand Fire, located south of Pyeatt Draw in a remote part of the Tonto National Forest northeast of Payson, was human caused and is still under investigation. Four engine crews from the Payson Ranger District fought the blaze throughout the night Monday and into Tuesday morning. They will continue efforts through most of Tuesday, said Gary Roberts, Payson Ranger District fire prevention officer.

The Gilliand Fire was the only major blaze over the Memorial Day weekend, though fire crews were bracing for more.

Two smaller fires broke out over the weekend, but were put out immediately, Roberts said.

A fire was spotted at the western end of Hardscrabble Road in Pine, but was put out immediately by El Dorado Hotshots. The fire was contained at .3 of an acre. It is unclear how the fire started.

Payson Ranger District fire crews responded to one other fire over Memorial Day weekend north of Round Valley after a car caught fire and ignited brush around it.

The vehicle occupants escaped unharmed and the blaze was contained at .1 acre, Roberts said.

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