French Gulch Fire: 850-Acre Fire Burning Outside of Yarnell Is 85 Percent Contained
|The marker representing the French Gulch Fire is about five miles east of Yarnell.|
The wildfire burning just miles away from Yarnell -- where 19 firefighters were killed while battling another blaze -- is 85 percent contained.
The fire's expected to be completely contained this evening, and the 850-acre blaze hasn't really threatened the nearest sign of civilization, which is Yarnell.
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Before the Yarnell Hill Fire, a fire like this was nothing the public would ever bat an eye at, since the wildfires pop up all over the state every year.
But we're keeping an eye on the French Gulch Fire, where there was one hotshot crew among the firefighters battling the blaze -- although that crew has since taken off -- and terrain that is classified as "extreme." (There are still two "handcrews" out there battling the fire, according to this morning's update.)
|Arizona State Forestry Division|
There were previous concerns about not getting resources that were ordered, but that doesn't seem to be a problem now. There are a total of 75 firefighters out there, down from 160 just two days ago.
We'll pass along any updates.
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