Vernon residents returned to Ready status because of wildfire
Residents in the town of Vernon in eastern Arizona have been returned to Ready status because of a 24-acre wildfire northeast of Pinetop-Lakeside.
The Marshall Fire was reported Monday on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and prompted officials to place nearby residents in Set status to prepare for a possible evacuation.
According to Apache County Emergency Management and Preparedness, it’s now been 80% contained and the smoke has diminished in the area.
Aircraft dropped fire retardant Monday in an attempt to halt the blaze’s progress.
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, along with the Coconino, Kaibab and Prescott, are in heightened stage two fire restrictions that bans campfires and most other fire-causing activities in the forest.