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Friday, March 30, 2018

Knoll Wildfire grows to 70 acres

Payson, AZ, March 31, 2018 —For Immediate Release.
Location:
  • Approximately 13 miles northeast of Payson
  • Nearest town is Payson, Arizona


Start Date:      March 30, 2018     Size:      70 acres        Percent Contained:  0%
Cause:   Initial investigation indicates this wildfire was human caused by fireworks.  Fireworks are ALWAYS illegal on all National Forests in Arizona and New Mexico.


Summary:  The Knoll Wildfire has grown to approximately 70 acres, and continues to burn in brush, juniper and ponderosa pine near Robert’s Mesa.  Firefighting resources include three 20-person crews, 8 engines, 1 dozer, 5 water tenders, 1 airtanker and 1 light helicopter. The public is asked to stay away from this area to allow firefighters to concentrate on suppressing this wildfire.


This new fire comes at the end of Wildfire Awareness Week and demonstrates why the wildfire community continues to stress that Arizona is in a drought and it only takes one spark to start a wildfire.

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