Copper fire near Globe burns 2652 acres and closes US 60 |
UPDATE: Wednesday May 12th
Firefighters say fire activity is gradually calming down as crews continue to patrol, monitor, and mop up all divisions. Some resources are released so that they are available for other potential new starts. There has been no change in the acreage and the fire is now 68% contained.
US 60 outside Globe between mileposts 253-311 – Globe west of Show Low remains open and ADOT expects it to reopen completely this evening.
“Traffic going east is indicated by milestones 257-261. Please slow down in this area and watch out for flaggers and firefighters still working in this area. ADOT expects the freeway to be closed tonight opens fully after crews leave the line. Call 511 or check out ADOT social media for updates on traffic and the road closure.
UPDATE: Staff, May 11, 11:35 a.m.
An update from the Arizona Department of Transportation announces that US 60 outside Globe reopened between Globe milestones 253-311 west of Show Low.
“However, traffic going east is indicated by milestones 257-261. Please slow down in this area and watch out for flaggers and firefighters still working in this area. ADOT expects the freeway to be open today Open fully in the evening after crews leave the line Call 511 or check out ADOT social media for updates on traffic and the road closure. “
GLOBE – Most of the Copper Canyon Fire, which burned 2,652 acres, was calm on Sunday.
Highway 60 reopened on Monday afternoon.
The fire closed US Highway 60 between the Globe and Show Low for the entire weekend. For most of the day, US 60 remained closed between milestones 253 and 311 on Monday – near Globe, west of Show Low. The fire severely damaged the guard rails along this stretch of freeway, and for public safety reasons, ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation) decided to keep them closed for public safety reasons.
Part of the northeast corner remained active when the fire consumed a brush island around the fire on Monday. Firefighters kept sweeping and securing fire edges, and engines patrolling the edge looking for flares or hot spots. Firefighters successfully tied the northeast edge of the fire into the scars of the Griffin Fire in Tonto National Forest on Monday.
The Copper Canyon Fire started sometime in the afternoon of May 7th, about three miles northeast of Globe. The fire was classified as man-made and was fueled by dry, hot, and windy conditions, calling into question the suppression efforts. Investigations into the ignition source are currently ongoing. There are currently no evacuation orders. However, all residents should be on high alert and urgently log into their county’s emergency management website for local emergency notifications.
While much of the Copper Canyon Fire remained calm on Monday, it was only 35 percent contained and 135 people were on the ground fighting the fire.