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Crews battle fire near Apache Elementary School

Heavy smoke leads residents to gather outside as fire burns

The Daily Times staff
Firefighters on Friday night battled a fire between Municipal Drive and Auburn Avenue north of Apache Street in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — Firefighters tonight battled a wild fire between Municipal Drive and Auburn Avenue north of Apache Street.

Crews were dispatched at 9:14 p.m. to the 500 block of Auburn Avenue after receiving reports of the fire, according to Farmington Deputy Fire Chief David Burke.

The two-acre fire had not damaged structures as of about 10:20 p.m., according to Burke, but it threatened three mobile home parks and Apache Elementary School.

"We are still flowing a lot of water, so I wouldn't call it contained," Burke said at that time. "But I'm not concerned about it growing any further."

Smoke billowed across the area and blanketed nearby residential neighborhoods. Gawkers gathered at street corners and outside their homes to watch the fire's glow.

Burke said high-moisture cottonwood trees were responsible for the large amount of smoke.

Four districts helped contain the fire. The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

A crowd watches firefighters battle a wildfire, Friday, July 15, 2016 near North Municipal Drive in Farmington.