33 Springs Fire near Forest Lakes 'zero percent' contained

Firefighters from across Arizona are battling this wildfire with zero containment.

FOREST LAKES, ARIZ. - As California is being hit with out-of-control wildfires, northern Arizona has one fire that has been burning for days and smoke that can be seen for miles.

The 33 Springs Fire started Oct. 6 when lightning struck a tree near Leonard Canyon in the Forest Lakes area and is still at zero percent containment. 

As of Tuesday night about 1,500 acres had burned. Approximately 100 firefighters are fighting the fire but because fire season was winding down and the fires in California, resources were not easy to come by.

"Resources are somewhat scarce now due to what's going on in California and time of year," said Christopher Ruff, an incident commander Type 3 trainee. "After yesterday, and a lot of phone calls, we were able to appropriately staff our organization."

There are also multiple engines, one Hotshot crew, three bulldozers, one helicopter, two water tenders and two DOC crews helping to fight the fire. 

Approximately 18 homes were threatened earlier this week. There are currently no homes in danger but crews have prepped the area bordering Coconino National Forest. 

"Planned actions are to continue holding southern lines near residences, continue with burn operations on the eastern line, look for opportunities to put dozer line to the north, use roadways to stop northern movement and look for opportunities to tie fire back into Leonard Canyon on the Western boundary," said a press release from the Apache-Sitegreaves National Forest.

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