FLAGSTAFF, Arizona. Changing wind is expected to blow the smoke of a fire outside of Flagstaff in Arizona city over several days.
The fire has burned nearly 9 square miles (23 sq. km) on Kendrick Mountain’s northeast flank since lightning started it on 1 June.
Firefighters plan a number of days to set fires to the burning of forest debris in the vicinity of the top of the mountain to help in the protection of a lookout tower and a historic cabin. Crews previously packed in the cabin with flame-resistant materials.
The fire in the steep and rugged terrain and is 5 percent contained. Near U.S. 180 is closed because of the smoke.
To the south, the crews made strong gains against a fire burning in the vicinity of Wilcox, Arizona. Lightning led to the 23 square feet (61 square km) blaze on 7 June.