Orange Cloud Hangs Over Payson

Looking like it might be heading towards Payson, the drifting cloud from the Sunflower Fire presents an ominous look of danger. The fire is currently twenty miles south of Payson in a wild land area.

Looking like it might be heading towards Payson, the drifting cloud from the Sunflower Fire presents an ominous look of danger. The fire is currently twenty miles south of Payson in a wild land area. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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The huge cloud from a wind shift, slowly drifts over Payson, raising speculative inquiries about where this fire is heading.

Winds from the southeast pushed a large plume of smoke over Payson Tuesday afternoon, casting an eerie, apocalyptic-like orange glow over town.

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A map of the Sunflower Fire burning west of Mt. Ord.

Standing atop Mt. Ord, Debbie Cress, fire spokesperson, said the fire appears to have hit some heavy fuels in the center of the 4,600-acre blaze 20 miles south of Payson.

The fire does not appear to be expanding to the north and no fire lines have been compromised that we know of, she said.

“From everything can see, it is really burning in the interior and burning through fuels that it didn’t hit.”

The fire is still only 5 percent contained.

Read more about the fire in Friday's Roundup.

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