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Fire is approximately 42, 802 acres and 22% contained with approximately 967 personnel.

Yesterday the fire had no growth to the north. As a result containment has increased from SR 60 at approximately mile post 323 on the west side, to the Playground Fire scar to the east.

Today the eastern flank will be the most active with increased fire and smoke activity. Firefighters are continuing to build fire line along the B-33 road.

The southern fire edge that was threatening the community of Cedar Creek has had no significant movement in the last 24 hours, partially due to the transition to more sparse vegetation. As a result the containment lines are holding and crews will continue to make improvements.

Fire mangers do not expect the fire to move any closer to the town of Cedar Creek. We would also like to remind residents that this area remains closed to the public to ensure public and firefighter safety.

In the southwest corner of the fire the crews may conduct burnout operations when and if conditions are favorable. This may cause an increased in fire activity and smoke. Fire may be visible from the area of SR 60 and SR 73 today. SR 60 between Mileposts 318-338 remains closed to travelers due to smoke conditions and firefighters actively working near the roadway. SR 73 through Whiteriver remains open from Carrizo to Hon-Dah.

The pre-evacuation notice will remain in effect for the communities of Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Hon-Dah, McNary and Cedar Creek.