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The fire is no longer visible from Arcosanti. This photo was taken on Friday, July 1, when it seemed very close to us.

News from the Wildfire web-site on JULY 02 was — BLACK CANYON CITY, AZ [28 miles south]:  A major burnout has put miles of black between a small Arizona town and the fire that’s been threatening it, with thousands of acres burned off yesterday ahead of the Cave Creek Complex east of Black Canyon City. Heavy airtankers, helicopters, and SEATs painted a long line of retardant, crews built line and stripped fuels from homeowners’ yards, and hotshots with drip torches combined with aerial ignition sent a wave of flames through the brush and back toward the oncoming head of the fire. The complex this morning is at 214,300 acres and 37 percent containment; resources on the fire include 28 hotshot crews, nine Type 2 crews, 17 helicopters, 73 engines, six dozers, and 15 water tenders. Almost 1,700 people are working the fire. Contingency plans included possible closure of Interstate 17 but it hasn’t been necessary yet, and fire managers don’t expect any closures over the holiday weekend. The 16,000-acre burnout yesterday may be all that’s needed to protect the town.

And it was.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa]



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Arcosanti residents watching the fire from the top of the Vaults.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa]

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