Burnout operation to protect Turkey Flat cancelled | Local News Stories


SAFFORD — A tentatively scheduled burnout operation around the Turkey Flat summer homes will not take place this Sunday evening. 

The fire has moved into an area that burned in the 2004 Nuttall fire, where fire officials believe they can hold the fire. 

Early Sunday, the fire spotted into the bottom of Twilight Creek near Forest Road 819, less than a half-mile west of the summer homes.  Single Engine Air Tankers and helicopters with focused bucket work have been dropping water on the fire in that area throughout the day.  This has kept fire intensity in check, locking the fire in place for now. 

Fire officials feel that continued use of aircraft supported water delivery in the Twilight Creek drainage will keep fire intensity in check, and slow fire growth toward Turkey Flat. A portable retardant plant will be operational tomorrow at Fort Grant to supplement this effort.

Although the burnout will not take place today, the fire situation will continue to be evaluated on a daily basis. A burnout will remain as an option for the protection of homes at Turkey Flat if necessary.  Current structure protection at the site will remain in place.

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