Active Wildfires in Arizona – Saturday, June 25, 2016

Updated  1230 Hours PDT

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BROWN FIRE :  The Brown Fire started on June 17th around 1630 hours from a human-caused ignition.  It is still under investigation.  It is located 18 miles N of Sesabe.

There are 50 personnel on this 15,411 acre fire with an 80% containment status.

Fire is smoldering within the perimeter and there has been no movement at all.  Resources are beginning to be released.

A transition to a Type 4 Incident Management Team is scheduled for Saturday.

Brown Fire on 6/19/2016. (Credit: Jake Collins, Florence Crew)

Incident Cooperators on this fire are/were:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • BLM
  • Fish & Wildlife Service
  • USDA Forest Service
  • Altar Valley Conservation Alliance
  • Animal Disaster Services
  • Green Valley FD
  • Northwest Fire District
  • Oracle Fire District
  • Palominas Fire District
  • Rio Rico FD
  • Tohono O’odham Nation
  • Tubac Fire District
  • U.S. Border Patrol

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CEDAR FIRE :  The Cedar Fire started on 6/15/2016 around 1145 hours in the location of  being 18 miles NW of Whiteriver and 10 miles  S of Pinetop-Lakeside/Show Low.  The cause of the ignition is unknown and is being investigated.

Pre-evacuation orders have been lifted for the Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Hon Dah and McNary communities. The fire pre-evacuation orders for Cedar Creek and Carrizo communities have been changed to flooding pre-evacuation orders.

The airtanker is dropping retardant against the backdrop of giant clouds of smoke

Airtanker dropping load on the Cedar Fire. (Source: Inciweb)

Currently, 899 personnel are assigned to this fire. Equipment resources are unknown at this time, but we are working to get details on them.

About 45,918 acres have been burned.  Fire crews have made great strides to reach a 51% containment status and working very hard to complete tasks on isolated areas along the lower west side and the southeast portions of the fire that has some active burning. This burning remains within the interior of the established fire control lines.

As the containment rises, the number of extra personnel will soon be released.

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PEAKS FIRE  :  The Peaks Fire is located on the Tonto National Forest, approximately Approximately 10 miles N of the Tonto Basin Visitor Center in the Four Peaks Wilderness Area.  The fire started on June 20th around 2000 Hours by lightning.

53 personnel are assigned to this 330 acre fire.  It is at a 0% containment status.

Command of this fire is under Andrew Mandell, IC, Central West Zone (AZ) Incident Management Team.

Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire and protect high valued assets at risk. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain where it would be dangerous to put firefighters to suppress the fire. Currently the terrain, vegetation, and predominant wind direction are keeping the fire from spreading very rapidly, so managers will concentrate on monitoring fire behavior and on protection for resources such as range improvements, historic features, recreation developments, and communication sites.

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SAGE FIRE :  This wildfire is located 28 miles NE of Peach Springs (Truxton Canyon Agency) which started on June 20th around 1330 hours from an unknown cause.  It is under investigation.

burned trees with no foliage along Rt. 18

Burned trees along Route 18. (Source: Inciweb)

220 personnel are assigned to this 922 acre fire.  There has been a 35% containment status reached.

Current status of this event is active with single tree torching and short-range spotting.   Management of this fire was turned over to the local Gila/Las Cruces Incident Management Team at 6:00 am on Thursday June 23, 2016.



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