The surprising Pig Fire in Village of Oak Creek, off the east side of northbound Interstate 17, has burned about 120 acres, according to Coconino National Forest officials.
Emergency firefighters responded to a wildfire located approximately 5 miles south/southeast of Village of Oak Creek Saturday evening.
The Pig Fire, named due to its proximity near Pig Trough Tank, was reported before 5 p.m. yesterday and started on the east side of the northbound lane of I-17, burning to about 120 acres as of this morning.
What is the cause of Pig Fire in the Village of Oak Creek?
It is not clear what led to the fire at this time and the cause of Fire in the Village of Oak Creek is under investigation.
At least 80 firefighters and personnel from multiple departments are battling the fire.
According to reports no structures or communities are threatened at this time, but there are lane restrictions on the northbound side of I-17 near the Sedona exit.
The fire is burning in pinyon-juniper, heavy grass, and brush and will move to the northeast as the day progresses. However, thunderstorms later in the day could change the direction, as well as smoke impacts to communities.
Lane restrictions exist on the I-17 due to the fire in Village of Oak Creek
Current resources on scene include a Hotshot crew, six engines, a fuels crew, one water tender, one dozer, and partner agency personnel from Arizona Department of Transportation, Department of Public Safety, and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. In total, approximately 80 firefighters are assigned to the fire.
Lane restrictions exist on the northbound side of I-17 near the Sedona exit, so motorists should plan for additional time when traveling north.