UPDATE, 5/10/21: Officials are reporting, “The Arizona Department of Transportation has reopened the US 60 outside of Globe between mileposts 253-311 – Globe to just west of Show Low. However, eastbound traffic is being flagged through mileposts 257-261. Please slow down in that area and watch for flaggers and firefighting crews still working in the area.
There has been no change in acreage or containment numbers reported; 2,652 acres with 35% containment.”
UPDATE, 5/9/21: The fire is 2,560 acres & 20% contained. According to officials, “Overnight firing operations were successful and firefighters were able to tie in the Copper Canyon Fire to the 2020 Griffin Burn scar on the northeastern edge. A pocket of unburned fuel remains on that side, and within the interior of the fire, and may produce visible smoke when afternoon winds pick up. Today, crews will monitor the southern and western edges of the fire and begin mop up. While fire activity has significantly decreased, Sunday’s afternoon winds are of concern as gusts up to 30 miles per hour are forecasted in the area. No change in acreage or containment has been reported as of Sunday morning.
US 60 remains closed in both directions outside of Globe as the Arizona Department of Transportation evaluates the damage to the guardrails near mile marker 253.”
The Copper Canyon Fire is burning approx. three miles Northeast of Globe causing the closure of US 60 from the 60/70 Junction to State Route 73. It has burned roughly 1,500 acres. The cause is not known at this time. Crews are also conducting structure protection.