Fire Near Heber Almost Entirely Contained

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The human-caused Vincent Fire is 80 percent contained and has burned about 250 acres 22 miles west of Heber on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

As it continues to burn, Rim Country residents could see smoke.

The Vincent Fire is named after a nearby ranch.

The fire is burning in primarily ponderosa pine and in varied terrain ranging from flat mesa tops to steep rugged canyons. Portions of the fire are burning in recently thinned areas.

The Vincent Fire is heading in a north, northeast direction. In areas where there were heavy concentrations of dead and down fuels, some torching, spotting, and short crown have taken place. The fire burned into thinned areas along its northern boundary. This greatly reduced the speed and intensity of the fire and aided in the fire suppression efforts. No evacuations have been issued and no structures were lost. Full containment is expected within the next 24 hours.

Currently, 142 firefighting personnel have been assigned to this fire.

Travel on Forest Road 34 is not recommended in the fire area.
The main concern is to protect the nearby private land and structures. Also, there is a power line 1.5 miles east of the fire.

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