Promontory Fire Contained; No Campfires Allowed


The Promontory Fire is no longer a danger to the residents it threatened just a week ago.

Fire officials have held the blaze inside secured fire lines since Sunday, and the majority of crews fighting the fire returned home to Colorado, New Mexico and elsewhere in Arizona.


Smoke from the Promontory Fire creates a beautiful sunset.

Payson fire crews continue to monitor what remains of the blaze.

"The fire is now at full containment," said Payson Ranger District Fire Prevention Officer Gary Roberts.

Although smoke will still be visible, possibly for several more weeks while the interior of the fire burns itself out, the possibility of the fire's roaring presence is no longer a threat.

The fire did not damage any structures or homes throughout its reign.

However, the price tag to date is more than $4.2 million.

Roberts said the cost includes all materials and equipment used to fight the fire, necessities for fire crews, travel expenses and wages of personnel involved in the battle.

"The cost actually came in under what the original estimate was, which was about $5.5 million," he said. "It covers anything related to the suppression of the fire."

The brunt of the fire fee is covered by a federal fire suppression budget, Roberts said.

Bear Canyon Lake and Woods Canyon Lake recreational areas have been reopened for public use.

Fire restrictions were enacted Wednesday on all lands in the Tonto National Forest.

Campfires, charcoal-burning devices, smoking in unsecured areas and unauthorized use of firearms are prohibited.

"People really need to exercise caution and be responsible at this time of year," Roberts said.

On Monday, fire crews were able to contain another blaze, about three miles south of Little Green Valley. Nearly 80 fire personnel worked on the Green Fire, which was secured at 16 acres, Roberts said.

With extra fire personnel still in town in the wake of the Promontory Fire, the containment of the Green Fire was achieved rather quickly.

"It was very important to the suppression of this fire that people were already here," he said.

"It gave us resources to quickly contain this fire."

Two Hot Shot crews, personnel from eight engines, an air tanker and a light and heavy helicopter were used to fight the Green Fire.

The fire was caused by lightning.

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