Prescribed fire turns into wildfire

Prescribed fire turns into wildfire

22 April 2008

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Springerville, Arizona, USA — Fire officials say that strong winds have blown a prescribed fire over containment lines in a remote portion of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests causing managers to declare it a wildfire.

The Eagle fire is burning in Greenlee County about 35 miles south of Alpine and just west of Highway 191. The highway remains open but motorists are urged to be very cautious due to possibly heavy smoke and firefighting vehicles on the road.

Officials with the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest said that high winds blew embers across containment lines igniting spot fires.

Officials said most spot fires were contained but several grew rapidly resulting in the fire moving into several drainages or canyons where managers had not intended to burn.

The Eagle fire is burning in a ponderosa pine forest.

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