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6/18/2013 2:47:00 PM
Secret Fire now 60 percent contained
The Secret Fire is burning 15 miles northwest of Sedona and 30 miles Southwest of Flagstaff.
The Secret Fire is burning 15 miles northwest of Sedona and 30 miles Southwest of Flagstaff.

SEDONA -- Forest firefighters and air tankers continue to work the Secret Fire, burning 15 miles northwest of Sedona and 30 miles Southwest of Flagstaff.

The fire is now 60 percent contained.

The fire was started by a lightning strike Saturday at the Western edge of the Mogollon Rim and the Secret Mountain Wilderness. Fire behavior has been moderate in the rugged remote Loy Canyon area, near Sycamore Canyon. There was no growth Monday. Even though the fire has not grown more that 15 acres, the fire area is marked with dense forest and steep canyons and some area have been inaccessible to ground crews.

No homes or private property is near the fire.

Two hotshot crews will continue holding lines and mopping up, utilizing helicopters for water drops when needed.

A temporary flight restriction is in place. A temporary closure is in place for the fire area, including a portion of the Secret Mountain and Loy Canyon.

Approximately 80 personnel were initially assigned to the Secret Fire, including three hotshot crews, air tanker, heli-tanker, and light helicopter. Monday, fire managers utilized the DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker.

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