Maid Fire currently 942 acres, 55% contained

Release Date: Nov 8, 2023

Contact(s): Coconino NF Public Affairs, 928-224-8306

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Nov. 8, 2023 — Firefighters continue to work on containing the Maid Fire on Apache Maid mountain just southeast of Interstate 17’s Stoneman Lake exit and are hopeful to reach full containment within the next several days.

The Maid Fire is currently 55% contained on the northern and eastern flanks of Apache Maid mountain, and firefighters continue to work on containing the western and southern sides of the 942-acre wildfire.

Firefighters are utilizing a full suppression strategy, and all burnout operations have been completed. As containment increases, resources will move to a monitor and patrol status in the coming days.

Fire behavior has largely been moderate but continues to smolder in remaining heavy dead and down fuels, and limited pockets of leaf litter. Occasional increases in intensity are observed as the fire creeps into available fuels.

Resources on scene include three crews, three engines, and a medic team, equating to 88 personnel. Depending on fire activity, this wildfire can be very visible to surrounding areas such as Camp Verde, Sedona and Rimrock, as well as those driving along Interstate 17 between the mileposts of 285-310.

The immediate area around the wildfire is under a closure order, which can be viewed on the 2023 Maid Fire Inciweb site online, where details about the wildfire are updated daily.

The human-caused wildfire was first reported at 5:11 a.m. on November 4 by a member of the public.