Promontory Fire Now Burning 2,667 Acres; 40 Percent Contained


As of late Thursday night, the Promontory Fire has grown to 2,667 acres, but firefighters are making progress, calling the fire 40 percent contained.

Currently, there is no evacuation planned for Christopher Creek, but residents have been asked to be prepared to leave if the need arises. Mountain Meadows Bible Camp and See Canyon Summer Homes have been evacuated. Structure protection personnel have been placed in the two communities to monitor fire behavior.

Information officers will be in the Christopher Creek and Payson area to update residents daily.

The fire is burning on the Mogollon Rim, about three miles from Bear Canyon Lake and 1.5 miles from Christopher Creek.

The Promontory Fire began at 4 p.m. Sunday. It is human caused.

During Tuesday's battle against the blaze, southerly winds pushed the fire across established line above the Mogollon Rim. Crews worked throughout the day building lines by hand and with dozers Tuesday to contain these spot fires.

Six hundred and sixty seven personnel have now been assigned to this fire, including 19 crews, 17 engines, four dozers and five helicopters.

Below the Rim, the fire continued to back down into the Christopher Creek drainage east of Promontory Butte.

Firefighters completed a hand line along Forest Road 76 down to the Highline Trail and a second line north of Christopher Creek.

Overnight, firefighters began an aerial ignition before sun set, to burn ahead of the fire and reduce fuels available for its spread. The burnout moved down the west flank of the Christopher Creek drainage just below the Rim.
Crews were able to put a line around a 240-acre area of spotting.

Wednesday morning, crews burned around the east side of the fire.

Fire fighters have also been patrolling Forest Road 300 and surrounding areas for spotting and hot spots.

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