Forest Service officials say the Bachelor Fire, located south of Highway 260 and west of the Young Road, has grown in size due to burn outs conducted by fire crews.
Since Tuesday the fire, which was likely humans-caused, has burned about a third of a mile down the steep slope of the Mogollon Rim in Colcord Canyon and likely will continue to burn downhill over the next several days. The fire size is estimated to exceed 500 acres but it is 40 percent contained.
Crews have been re-enforcing containment lines on the east portion of the fire adjacent to Forest Road 512.
Although the Bachelor Fire is moving closer to structures in Colcord Estates and Ponderosa Springs subdivisions there is no immediate threat to them.
Fire managers are working closely with Gila County personnel and local Christopher Kohls Fire District officials to keep residents informed about the status of the fire.
The portion of the fire closest to the private lands has been lined and some burnouts have occurred as weather conditions allowed. Fire managers plan to improve this section of the fire line over the next several days.
Fire managers are asking the public to stay out of the fire area. Smoke can be heavy at times and visibility for drivers may be limited, especially on Forest Road 512.
Forest Road 9512E leading to a number of popular camping areas along the Rim is closed to public travel.
About 112 people are assigned to the Bachelor Fire at this time and come from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Department of Corrections.
The fire is believed to be human-caused.
The Palomino Fire about three miles northeast of Woods Canyon Lake has not grown in size (measured at 33 acres) and is almost fully contained this evening. Crews should finish mopping up the last of the burning material soon.
The Camp Knoll Fire has not grown in size and is estimated at 60 acres. It is about three miles south of Heber and firefighters continue to mop up burning material close to and within the line. Smoke may be visible in the Heber and Overgaard areas.
Visitors to the Forests are reminded to thoroughly extinguish all campfires, pack out all trash and never use fireworks.