Fires on Arizona Strip largely contained, motorists advised to check weather

ARIZONA STRIP, Ariz. – July saw a multitude of fires start on the Arizona Strip. The majority of the fires were caused by lightning strikes, while one was triggered by fireworks. For the time being, these fires are 100 percent contained, controlled or have been  completely put out.

Firefighting efforts, combined with some help from monsoonal rains, have helped put down many of the fires. However, the same rains that helped also present potential troubles to motorists.

Rachel Tueller, a representative of the Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Strip District, said: “Last week’s thunderstorms created challenging road conditions in some areas of the Arizona Strip. While no road closures are in effect, fire managers continue to advise the public to check weather conditions and forecasts prior to traveling on the Arizona Strip as visitors may encounter impassable roads on some routes.”

As for the fires, only the Mount Trumbell Complex Fire, which is currently at 80 acres, remains active and not yet contained. According to Tueller, the fire is currently being managed. The fire started on July 23, and was caused by lightning.

The Hobble Complex Fire, which started on July 11, burned 35,000 acres and is 100 percent contained. It is the largest wildfire on the Arizona Strip so far this season. It is followed by the 3,200-acre Plateau Fire and 1,981-acre Cottonwood Fire. Both fires are listed as contained, controlled, or completely out as of July 31.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

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