COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST, ARIZONA
A wildfire broke out in a remote area on the Coconino National Forest, located about 9 miles NW of Clints Well above the Mogolion Rim in Arizona.
The wildfire was ignited by lightning that hit the area and then lingered. It was discovered by the Baker Butte Lookout on Friday, May 19, 2017.
Fire fuels include but are not limited to Dead/down wood, pines needs and forest fuels.
A Type 3 IMT unit commanded by both Jeff Thumm (IC), Jason McElfresh (Deputy IC) are assigned to this incident.
Resources / Equipment
50 Firefighters are assigned to this incident.
Acreage Destroyed/Fire Fuels
11,189 acres have been destroyed by this current fire, but Fire Managers plan to allow the fire to burn naturally and reduce the heavy fire fuel load up to 55,000 acres.
There is no estimated time when containment may occur.
Fire Tactics/Planned Fire Activities
Burn operations are planned along the WAPA power lines and crews will continue to work to contain the fire, as well as patrolling.
FireManagers will also continue to attempt to educate the Public from entering the fire area.
Concerns / Threats
Concerns include shifting winds heading towards communities There no immediate alerts of evacuations in effect or planned future evacuations at the time of this post.
Fire suppression costs-to-date are $175,000.00. (as of May 26, 2017)
ALERTS / NOTICES
Remember when there is a wildfire, you need to avoid the area and allow for the passing of fire apparatus. This is no time for you to impeded their fire operations.
Know before you go. Learn where there are wildfires and also when not to go.
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