FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Crews fought a human-caused fire southwest of Kachina Village near Flagstaff, known as the Crusher Fire.
The fire produced thick smoke, which was visible for miles near Kachina Village and to travelers near Flagstaff.
Around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, crews were able to stop the spread of the fire at five acres, despite winds gusting to more than 30 miles per hour, Coconino National Forest officials said.
Forest officials said firefighting was also aided by previous fire treatment in the area, which removed fire fuels from the ground.
Although no drones were found in the area, firefighting aircraft were kept from entering the area because of a report of an unmanned aerial vehicle spotted in the area of operations, according to forest officials.
With aircraft unavailable, a bulldozer was used to clear a line around the fire and stop its progress, crews said.
Though the fire burned within about half a mile from structures, no evacuation orders were issued as firefighters were able to quickly contain it.
Stage Two fire restrictions are in effect in Coconino National Forest, which means:
- No fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves
- No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building
- No explosives
- No posessing, discharging or using any type of firework or pyrotechnic device
- No discharging firearms, air rifles or gas guns
- No posessing or using a motor vehicle off National Forest System roads. Do not drive or park over any vegetation at any time.
- No operating a chainsaw or any other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine from the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- No welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame