June 30, 2016 – A wildfire was detected approximately 6 miles south of Crown King on the Bureau of Land Management (T9N, R1E, S18). The lightning-caused Lion Fire is estimated at 160 acres burning grass and chaparral. Due to its remote location, rugged terrain firefighters have not been working in the immediate fire area and continue to monitor the fire using aircraft. Fire managers have strategically positioned resources in the community of Crown King as a precautionary measure. The fire received significant moisture yesterday, and air attack reported this morning minimal fire activity on the north edge of the fire; but stated that smoke will be visible in Crown King. No structures are at risk.
The Lion Fire is approximately ½ mile from the border of the Prescott National Forest and fire crews are in place if the fire becomes active and moves north. Resources being staged in Crown King include 2 Hotshot Crews, 1 Engine, 1 Type 2 Crew, and 2 helicopters.