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Bug Creek Fire burns over 1,000 acres in northern Arizona before containment

7/7/16

NORTH VALLEY – The now-contained Bug Creek Fire burned over 1,000 acres in northern Arizona, causing temporary evacuations in the Cordes Lakes area and forcing multiple shutdowns of the I-17.

The fire started south of Cordes Junction, near the I-17, on the morning of June 28. Officials are investigating what sparked the wildfire.

Firefighting crews fought the blaze via air and ground attack, working to contain the fire and protecting homes in the vicinity. Crews continued to monitor the area after containment, checking for residual heat and enhancing the containment line.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office reported that on the afternoon of June 28, mandatory evacuations were ordered in neighborhoods near the Bug Creek Fire. Evacuees were sheltered at the Mayer High School in Spring Valley, and were allowed to return home that night.

The I-17 was closed in both directions in the area of the fire for much of the afternoon of June 28. The fire damaged freeway guardrails, necessitating intermittent one-lane closures during the rest of the week as Arizona Department of Transportation crews replaced the damaged structures.

Also on June 28, another wildfire was detected, this one northwest of Black Canyon City. Officials have determined that the Lion Fire was sparked by lightning. This fire did not threaten any structures. The fire’s location and the rugged terrain of the area made it difficult to fight the fire; crews worked to contain and monitor the fire via aircraft. Much-needed rain in the area helped fire crews fight the Lion Fire, which burned about 160 acres.

For up-to-date information on fire restrictions and possible closures, see www.wildlandfire.AZ.gov or www.firerestrictions.us or call 1(877) 864-6985.