Brins Fire, Oak Creek/Sedona Arizona

400 homes evacuated.

(From East Valley Tribune)
“……By Sunday evening, the fire was nearing homes and businesses on the western edge of Oak Creek.

‘‘It’s going to be quite a fight not to lose them,’’ said Kristy Bryner, a fire information officer. ‘‘This is very active fire behavior.’’

The fire was burning on Brins Mesa, just above Oak Creek Canyon and about 115 miles from the Valley.

Crews were concerned that downslope winds, which can be common at night, could push the fire into Oak Creek Canyon, said Raquel Romero, a fire information officer.

She classified the threat to the homes as ‘‘very serious.’’

And today’s forecast isn’t encouraging, said Steve Harper, a fire information officer with the Coconino National Forest.

“It’s supposed to be windy again,” Harper said.

Fire crews were in Oak Creek Canyon, ready to defend the structures.

The fast-moving fire ignited Sunday afternoon in a wooded area and quickly prompted authorities to evacuate about 180 homes in five Sedona subdivisions……more

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“NEW Brins (Coconino National Forest): 1,000 acres at zero percent contained. This fire is two miles northeast of Sedona, AZ in timber. Evacuations are in effect for Oak Creek Canyon and two northern Sedona Subdivisions. Extreme fire behavior was reported…”

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