Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunflower Fire update, May 20 6 p.m.

Sunflower Fire at 16,032 acres, 33 percent contained
Acres:  16,032                                     Start date:  May 12, 2012
Cause:  Under Investigation                   Location:  21 miles south of Payson
Containment: 33 percent                       Fuels:  Grass, chaparral, pinion pine
Terrain:  Steep, rugged              Resources:  5 crews, 12 engines, 1 dozer, 6 water tenders
Total personnel: 367                             Available air support:  6 helicopters, 6 air tankers

Crews working along the south and west end of the fire monitored fire behavior secured existing containment lines and mopped up hot spots.  Minimal fire activity was observed in both northern and southern sections along the fire perimeter.  Smoke continues to linger in canyons to the north, predominately in Deer Creek Canyon.  One firefighter was treated for multiple bee stings.  Reduced fire acres are the result of additional information provided from the fire line today. 

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