Forests Closed In Area Surrounding Promontory Fire

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A public safety closure order was issued on Wednesday morning by Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves Forest officials for forest lands surrounding the Promontory Fire.

All national forest lands inside of a border bound on the east by the Tonto National Forest boundary with the Sitgreaves Forest and Forest Road 235 near Willow Springs Lake, on the north along the Mogollon Rim and Forest Road 300, on the west by Forest Road 289 near Tonto Creek and on the south by Highway 260 have been closed.

Residents of Christopher Creek and Mountain Meadows have not been evacuated but access to homes in those communities north of Highway 260 is restricted.

Officials are asking residents of these communities to be prepared in case they are evacuated at a later time.

Structure protection personnel are staged in Christopher Creek and Mountain Meadows to monitor the fire behavior on that side of the fire, according to fire officials.

Fire officials suggest that residents keep five Ps in mind while preparing to evacuate, if necessary: papers, photographs, prescriptions, pets and personal computers.

Bear Canyon and Woods Canyon Lake recreational areas continue to be closed until further notice. Willow Springs Lake remains open to public use but access to the lake along Forest Road 300 is restricted.

As of Wednesday morning 1,100 acres have been burned. The fire is now five percent contained.

Four hundred and ten fire personnel are currently working on the blaze. Thirteen crews, 11 engines, four dozers and three helicopters are part of the firefighting effort.

For more information about forest land closures visit www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto or www.az211.gov.

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