Sycamore Fire 70 Percent Contained, Highway 87 Open

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A human caused fire along Highway 87, 42 miles south of Payson, is 70 percent contained as of Friday morning, Tonto National Forest officials report.

The 187-acre Sycamore Fire started around 2:20 p.m. Thursday, on the west side of Highway 87 between mileposts 199 and 208, in the Mesquite Wash area, north of Fountain Hills.

ADOT and DPS closed north and southbound lanes of traffic Thursday afternoon due to blowing smoke. By Thursday evening, all lanes were reopened except for one southbound lane.

“At the highpoint of battling the blaze, there were 129 personnel at work. Currently 90 personnel continue work on the fire,” said Lawrence Lane, fire information officer. “Firefighters are continuing containment efforts, patrolling the perimeter and extinguishing any hot spots along the fire’s edge.”

Three hotshot crews, four engines and one water tender is still on scene.

“Motorists are cautioned to watch their speed and be alert for firefighters and equipment working in the area,” Lane said.

No homes are threatened and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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