Coronado National Forest, Arizona
UPDATE 1 – APRIL 5, 2017
The Molina Wildfire started on April 4th around 1230 Hours. It is located near Molino Basin at Mile Marker 4.5 on the Mt. Lemmon Highway.
Currently, the fire has burned 50 acres of brush and grass.
The cause is unknown and under investigation.
Two Forest Service hotshot crews, two engines and a helicopter will be assigned to the fire tomorrow, and will continue to work on securing the fire.
The Mt. Lemmon Highway remains closed at this time.
The Coronado NF has experienced wildfire every month in 2016, and every month so far of 2017. We no longer speak of fire season, but fire year. – CNF
APRIL 4, 2017
The Mesa Hotshots have arrived and will accompany two crews from the Arizona Division of Forestry and Fire Management, a crew from Saguaro National Park, two helicopters, three engines, water tenders (tankers), and miscellaneous overhead to the fire early tomorrow morning.
Firefighters are off the line tonight to provide for their safety due to steep, rocky terrain. Helicopters continued with bucket drops through the evening, cooling the fire to allow crews to construct fire line.
Winds have died down tonight. Weather conditions tomorrow are forecast to be warmer and drier with winds out of the east.
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