Cedar Fire jumps containment line, winds moving it southward

The fire's growth has been spurred by excessive heat and wind.

Fire activity may lessen slightly today as the temperatures lower and humidity rises slightly.

The fire grew approximately 14,000 acres yesterday, with all growth extending from the south side of the main fire.

Almost 900 firefighters are fighting the wildfire and the town of Cedar Creek is under a pre-evacuation notice.

During the overnight hours from Saturday into Sunday, officials said a portion of the fire's southern edge had crossed a containment line along the western edge of Cedar Creek and was now burning to the east of that line. "Now, we're seeing winds that are from the north and are pushing south".

The Community of Cedar Creek is under a pre-evacuation notice. Community members that choose to leave the area now can go to either Holbrook High School at 455 N 8 Ave., Holbrook or to the Round Valley Middle School 126 W. 2 ST., Eagar, with their small animals.

"Firefighters were able to prepare and conduct burnout operations along the eastern flank of the fire near Faught Saddle, tying in a critical piece of the northeastern flank of the fire with completed line", according to Monday morning's update. Fire crews are looking for areas of conduct burnout operations along Highway 60. The 2015 Playground Fire scar on the eastern side of the fire is being utilized as a fuel break. An evacuation center for residents was set up at a nearby high school, and for livestock at theĀ rodeo and fair grounds.

Fire managers were very specific about the fire's expected growth. As of Monday morning, resources include 23 fire crews, 37 engines, seven bulldozers, 11 water tenders, seven helicopters, four Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) for a total of 770 personnel assigned to the incident.

Several public meetings are scheduled for surrounding communities Monday and Tuesday.

The Cedar Fire has now burned nearly 36,000 acres in North Central Arizona.

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