Poco Fire

Story updated Monday, June 18, 6:00 a.m.

Poco Fire as seen from Hwy 260 near the top of the Mogollon Rim.

Poco Fire as seen from Hwy 260 near the top of the Mogollon Rim. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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State Route 260 Still Open

Reports are circulating in the Payson area that State Route 260 is closed due to a forest fire. The reports are not true. The county road that starts on SR 260 just east of the turnoff to Woods Canyon Lake and goes to Young is closed.

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Credit: AZGFD

Slop over that was contained along FR 512

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Credit: AZGFD

North side of fire

The Poco Fire was first reported Thursday, June 14, in the early afternoon. It is six miles northeast of Young, AZ. At last report it had consumed 3,100 acres of ponderosa pine in extremely rugged and remote terrain. Several air tankers including a DC-10 have made several retardant drops. Containment lines have been built and secured with a 15 percent containment of the fire.

At last report the current goal is to continue protection of the APS powerlines, hold and mop-up along existing fireline. Preparation for a planned burnout operation between FR 128 and FR 102.

Growth potential at this time has been deemed medium. Cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation. Total personnel on the fire at this time is four hundred and ninety.

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Credit: Rachael Hohl, TNF

DC-10 after making drop on Poco Fire at sunset

Listed below are several links for more information concerning the Poco Fire.

www.inciweb.org/incident/2911/

www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_northern_az/payson/firefighter-injured-fighting-uncontained-poco-fire-near-young-arizona

ktar.com/22/1553354/Poco-Fire-burns-500-acres-near-Young-Ariz

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