Crews Contain 9,000-Acre Wildfire Near Hwy. 60

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Crews have contained a 9,000-acre wildfire west of Springerville, which for a time closed Highway 60 on Saturday.

The Turkey Fire started on Saturday, 10 miles west of Springerville/Eagar due north of the Greer turn off. The fire grew quickly running north from Highway 260 toward Highway 60, according to U.S. Forest Service Apache-Sitgreaves Fire Management Officer Jeff Borucki.

The Forest Service worked to contain the fire within certain boundaries, using it to effectively thin overgrown areas.

The fire was managed on Saturday by the state and was turned over Sunday morning to a U.S. Forest Service Type III Team, consisting of eight engines, two dozers and several water tenders.

To provide for public and firefighter safety, crews closed Highway 60 on Saturday afternoon due to the fire jumping the highway and limited visibility. Highway 60 has since reopened.

The fire investigated by Forest Service Law Enforcement found the fire cause was due to embers lifted by strong winds on Saturday from a prescribed burn completed on Thursday. Some fence line owned by the state of Arizona and private property was damaged and is being accessed.

“The Forest Service extends a big thank you to all of our federal, state and local cooperators for their quick response and assistance with the Turkey Fire,” said Apache-Sitgreaves Deputy Forest Supervisor Jim Zornes.

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