Two new wildfires over the weekend
Two new wildfires ignited over the weekend in central and northern Arizona. The Tee Fire was reported Saturday night 4-miles southeast of Black Canyon City. As of last night the fire had charred 700-acres and the forward progression of the blaze was stopped. Some 100 crew members with air support are working the blaze, the cause of which is unknown. Midnight Saturday, the Highline Fire was reported on the Tonto National Forest near Rim Road. The blaze, which has charred 750-acres as of last night, is burning in an area scarred by the 1990 Dude Fire. Highway-180 near Flagstaff will likely remain closed this week due to the Boundary Fire on Kendrick Mountain. The lightning caused fire has now burned over 4,400-acres. Highway-180 is closed between Mile Markers 236 and 248; the closure will be assessed daily. The closure is necessary due to heavy smoke in the area along with crews and equipment fighting the fire. There are currently 17 wildfires and 4 prescribed burns in the state.