Crews Contain 9-Acre Fire At Blue Ridge Reservoir

Blue Ridge boat ramp temporarily closed today

Blue Ridge/ C.C. Cragin Reservoir

Blue Ridge/ C.C. Cragin Reservoir Photo by Pete Aleshire. |

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A human-caused fire on the shores of the Blue Ridge Reservoir on Tuesday sent crews racing to contain it.

The watershed of the Blue Ridge Reservoir remains one of the most critical pieces of real estate in Rim Country, since it provides the runoff on which Payson's future depends.

Payson has pleaded with the Forest Service to make thinning the watershed above the deep, narrow reservoir a top priority for the 4-Forests Restoration Initiative.

Fortunately, the Forest Service quickly dispatched a heli-tanker and fire crews which held yesterday's fire to nine acres. Crews continued mopping up today.

The Forest Service on Wednesday also closed the boat ramp at Blue Ridge Reservoir as firefighters use it as a shuttle point to transport personnel to mop up a fire that began yesterday morning near the Bear Canyon fork of the reservoir.

The boat ramp will likely be open tomorrow.

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