Forest / Wild Fire in USA on June 10 2019 04:55 AM (UTC).
The Coldwater Fire, which broke out May 30 in Clints Well, Arizona, has now spread over 6,000 acres in a 17,900 planning area. According to a press release issued by the Coconino National Forest, the fire began as the result of a lightning strike. Since the Coldwater Fire's eruption, it has burned 6,154 acres approximately four miles south of Clints Well. Currently, 119 personnel are working to suppress the fire with resources that include an air attack with the helicopter; Hotshot crews; two fuels crew; a dozer; a grader and seven engines. Crews are actively working to keep the fire from spreading to "homes, structures, cultural sites, power transmission lines, trailheads, campgrounds and other values at risk." According to a tweet from Arizona State Forestry officials, air operations were temporarily suspended when crews spotted a drone in the area. Officials say drones near wildfires create a serious safety hazard for fire aircraft and result in aircraft being grounded immediately. "Smoke may appear thicker at times due to burnout operations or as the wildfire consumes larger trees," the press statement read. "This is normal." There are no closures in the surrounding area, but officials say the public should anticipate closures soon. ADOT will be closing sections of SR-87, the press release noted. "Wildland firefighting crews are conducting burnout operations to ensure it remains in the planning area,"Coconino National Forest officials said. "Current operations are taking place along Forest Road 141, and continued preparation for burn out operations Monday on state Route 87."