Sycamore Canyon Fire Scorches 230 Acres

Wildfire season is in full swing across Arizona as firefighters throughout the state try to protect residents and the environment from fast-moving flames.

The Sycamore Canyon Fire was first reported in the Prescott National Forest on Monday, and since then has burned 230 acres.

Officials from the Prescott National Forest say the blaze was caused by humans and is currently about 25 percent contained. The flames began on the canyon’s west side, about 14 miles northwest of Sedona, in the rocky terrain of grass and pinyon juniper.

Although no structures are currently under threat by the flames, firefighters are actively working to stop the fire from spreading by establishing a line around the perimeter.

At 1 p.m. on Monday, the fire had burned 8 acres, and it has been growing ever since. Crews have been able to keep the fire to the west side of the canyon as light winds push smoke in the west/northwest direction. A total of 100 fire personnel are fighting the blaze with five helicopters, three type-I hot show crews, one engine, one fuels crew and one air attack plane, according to officials.

For updates on wildfires, closures and restrictions, please visit https://wildlandfire.az.gov/ or www.firerestrictions.us or call (877) 864-6985. You can also stay connected with the following platforms:

• Prescott National Forest Web Site: https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/

• Twitter: @PrescottNF

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/

• Arizona Fire Restrictions: https://www.firerestrictions.us/az/

• Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

Photo: Arizona-leisure.com

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