PHOENIX, ARIZONA: The Maid Fire, a wildfire that recently ravaged nearly 1,000 acres in Arizona, has been fully contained, according to authorities.
The fire, which was human caused, broke out early in the morning of Saturday, November 4, 2023, on the east side of Apache Maid Mountain.
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The fire was reported by a member of the public and quickly grew to 942 acres on Tuesday, November 7, according to 12 News.
Despite the difficult conditions, including steep and rocky terrain, firefighters were able to carry out burning operations around the fire to control its spread.
What did authorities say about the Maid fire?
Maid Fire near Sedona fully contained after burning nearly 1,000 acres https://t.co/h1FNbfA8JZ
— Kevin Stone (@kstonezone) November 13, 2023
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Investigators confirmed the fire was started by human activity, although the exact cause is still under investigation. The fire was first reported Nov. 4, a few miles southeast of the Interstate 17 Stoneman Lake exit, about 120 miles north of downtown Phoenix and 15 miles south -east Sedona.
Even though the fire has been fully contained, authorities warn it could still emit traces of smoke from smoldering vegetation. Firefighters will continue to monitor the area to maintain containment, according to KTAR News.
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What roads were closed due to the Maid Fire in Arizona?
Maid Fire 100% content
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Nov. 13, 2023 — The Maid Fire located just southeast of the Stoneman Lake exit of Interstate 17 is 100% contained at 942 acres and may produce very small traces of smoke as leaves and small brush is smoldering in the perimeter of the fire on Apache. … pic.twitter.com/cwFfU8CPFy
– Coconino NF (@CoconinoNF) November 13, 2023
An emergency closure directive for Apache Maid Mountain, which includes portions of Forest Roads 620, 620D, 644G and 9238J in the Red Rock Ranger District, is expected to remain in effect until March 30, 2024, unless it be canceled earlier.
The fire was reportedly visible to motorists along Interstate 17 near the Stoneman Lake exit as it raged atop Apache Maid Mountain, about 5 miles from the highway. Despite the visibility, the fire did not pose a threat to surrounding areas such as Camp Verde, Sedona and Rimrock.
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