KEARNEY RIVER FIRE on Arizona State Forest Land – June 17, 2015

A NEW Wildfire has exploded on to the fire scene causing all kinds of fear and havoc amongst Firefighters and the residents that are being affected by this fast-moving fire event.

Photo Credit:  AZ Dept of Forestry/@inciweb

Photo Credit: AZ Dept of Forestry/@inciweb

FIRE STATUS

#KearneyRiverFire ignited on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, around 1103 hours this morning located on Arizona State Forest land.   It is burning Salt Cedar in the river bed and is expected to burn the bottom of the riverbed.

START TIME, ACRES SCORCHED

Photo Credit: AZ Dept of Forestry/@inciweb

Photo Credit: AZ Dept of Forestry/@inciweb

Around 1100 hours at the beginning of the fire, mainstream media began reporting this started out at 100 acres and resources were en route.  The fire has since exploded into 300 acres.

AGENCY PARTNERS

The following are Incident Cooperators:

  • Bureau of Land Management [BLM]
  • USDA Forest Service [USFS]
  • Avra Valley Fire Department [AVFD]
  • Caminos Fire [CFD]
  • Eloy Fire Department [EFD]
  • Golder Ranch Fire Department [GRFD]
  • Kearney Fire Deparment [KFD]
  • Queen Valley Fire Department [QVFD]
  • Winkelman Fire Department [WFD]

COMMAND STRUCTURE

This is in a Unified Command Structure with Arizona State Forestry [#AZFire] with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.  This event is considered as a Type 3 incident.

EVACUATIONS, SHELTER INFO

Evacuations are currently under way.  Media and additional sources are reporting about 200 homes are under this evacuation notice, equalling to around 300 residents.  Destroyed are 2 trailer homes, 1 vehicle and 2 sheds.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter as of 1800 hours MST [same as West Coast time now] this evening at the Superior High School located at 100 W May Drive in Superior, AZ.  Some media had stated 100 residents were staying on the Ray High School campus.  Unsure if residents are still there or this is a secondary location?

Photo Credit:  AZ Dept of Forestry/@inciweb

Photo Credit: AZ Dept of Forestry/@inciweb

RESOURCES ON SCENE

Current fire resources on-scene are:

  • 20 Engines
  • 5 Crews
  • 5 Water Tenders
  • 2 Single Engine Air Tankers [SEAT]
  • 2 Helos
  • 200 Personnel

INJURIES, CASUALITIES

No fire or civilians injuries or casualties have been reported.  [Note: We hope that still stays that way.]

FIRE STATUS

The fire has burned 300 acres and is fast-moving.  It is expected to burn the river bottom this evening.

TONIGHT’S FIRE PLAN

Tonight’s Priorities is to continue suppression with the aid of ground and aerial activities.

HASHTAGS 

Hashtags we are using:  #FireNews #WildFireNews #AZFire #KearneyRiverFire

Hashtags media using:  #AZFire #KearneyRiverFire

Photo Credit: AZ Dept of Forestry/@inciweb

Photo Credit: AZ Dept of Forestry/@inciweb

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