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Oak Fire Update

Source: Letty Morris Source: Letty Morris
Source: Letty Morris Source: Letty Morris
Source: Coronado National Forest Source: Coronado National Forest
Source: Coronado National Forest Source: Coronado National Forest
Source: Coronado National Forest Source: Coronado National Forest
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Oak Fire that began June 17 remains 5 percent contained, according to Coronado National Forest PIO Heidi Schewel.

The fire currently covers 10,717 acres. It was started by lightening and is burning in an area that includes the Coronado National Forest, Safford Fire District and the Galiuro Mountains. 

On Wed. June 25, heavy smoke was reported in Safford. This was caused by an inversion, a meteorological phenomenon that occurs when warm air settles above cool air. The warm air traps the air below, which prevents the smoke from escaping. 

Smaller inversion have occurred around the area of the fire, but this inversion was the largest and the first to trap smoke, according to the Incident Information System website.

The fire boundary is being managed by a Wildland Fire Module, five hotshot crews, seven fire engines, four helicopters, an air attack platform, single engine tanker and two type two hand crews.

The fire is expected to grow south and west to Rattlesnake Creek, Corral Canyon and the Paddy's River areas.

A temporary closure around the area of the fire has been put into place to ensure safety. Closures are in place from Bottle Canyon to Power's Hill, from Rattlesnake Creek south and east to Holdout Spring and along the East Divide Trail and Paddy's River to the Forest Boundary to the east and north, according to a release from Heidi Schewel.

For updated information regarding the incident visit www.inciweb.nwcg.org.

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