Copper Canyon Fire & Medical
 Urban Interface Assignment
On May 30  Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Station 81 was dispatched and responded to an urban interface assignment at Cat Claw and Verde Lakes Dr. in Camp Verde.  Initial reports stated that there was a wild land fire at Cat Claw Dr. and the corner of Verde Lakes Dr. that was about the size of a tennis court   While responding a second report was given that the fire was now about the size of one acre.  An additional Type 1 engine and Type 6 engine were added from Station 82 and the to the assignment and the National Forest Service was notified due to rapid fire growth.
Emergency crews arrived on scene to find an approximately two acre fire in mature brush and tall grass on the south side of Cat Claw Dr.  Crews were assigned to Cat Claw Dr to battle the wind driven fire which was being pushed to the north by approximately 8 mph winds.  The fire quickly jumped Cat Claw Dr. into an open field that was backed up by residential homes on the north side of the open field.  A second alarm was quickly struck bringing additional resources from Prescott Nation Forest Service, Coconino National Forest Service, Verde Valley Fire District, Sedona Fire District, Cottonwood Fire Department and Verde Valley Ambulance Company.  DPS and CVMO also responded for traffic control and pre notification of possible evacuations.
With aggressive firefighting tactics and strong apparatus deployment containment lines were quickly established and forward progress of the fire was stopped.  The fire grew to approximately ten acres in size before forward fire progress was stopped.  Though structures were threatened during this fire no structures were lost or damaged. Crews remained on scene for approximately 6 hours for mop up.  There were no reported injuries to any fire crew members or public.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.  CCFMD would like to sincerely thank all agencies involved and that responded to this incident.
CCFMD would like to remind every one of the potential of catastrophic wild land fire starts in the area and that there are currently fire bans in place at this time.  Stay Safe!!
Eric Strauss
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Authority
Battalion Chief
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