Baker Canyon Fire | Mar 26th | Update 5

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The joint owned wildfire that began on the Gila District 28 miles NE of Douglas, Arizona and now moved into the State of New Mexico, appears firefighters have reached a 35% containment status.

The fire began inside the State of Arizona on March 21, 2016.  The cause is still under investigation and there is no preliminary known reason on how it all began.

Some of you expressed concerns that the fire actually had a forward spread over international borders into Mexico.  Fire Mapping clearly shows the wildfire moving into “New Mexico” and not into Mexico

In photo 1:  Side-by-view of Arizona and New Mexico States.

Courtesy: USFS

Courtesy: USFS

Photo 2: Shows the wildfire in Arizona and moving into the State of New Mexico.  The fire has not moved into Mexico at this time.

Courtesy: Inciweb / Gila Ranger District

Courtesy: Inciweb / Gila Ranger District

FIRE STATUS

The fire has now burned up to 7600 acres from the previous day at just over 7,000.

The fire is mostly on the New Mexico side, with 1 home and 6 outbuildings within one mile.  The number and location are unknown at the time of this posting.  Firefighters are working structure protection, while Fire Managers continue to work directly with land owners and ranchers.

 

Courtesy: BLM Arizona

Courtesy: BLM Arizona

Due to erratic and gusty winds are big concerns to Fire Managers, as they continue to look for better access into the fire ground due to steep and difficult terrain.

RESOURCES

Assigned to this wildfire incident are 65 personnel.  Fire Managers are fighting the fire with 1 Air Attack that includes 1- Type 3 Helicopter, 3 Engines and 1- Type 2 crew.

SOCIAL MEDIA DESIGNATORS

The National Forest Fire Service is currently using the following hashtags for this fire incident:

#BakerCanyon

#BakerFire

#AZFire

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