Arizona’s #KnollFire Almost Contained | 1

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST | A wildfire that was reported on Friday morning in the Tonto National Forest is still burning but fire crews are working to contain it.

Photo Credit | Tonto National Forest

Location | The wildfire is located about 13 miles northeast of Payson, Arizona. and one mile north of Meads Ranch in the Robert’s Mesa area.

Photograph of Knoll Fire looking northeast from Forest Service Road 29

View of fire looking northeast of FS Rd 29 | Credit: Tonto NF

 

Fire Timeline | Here is a timeline of this wildfire to help understand how this fire has developed from the initial response until the posting of this article.

March 30:  Fire started at 0915 hours.  10 acres. 0% containment.  Human-caused by illegal fireworks.  Firefighters got a good knockdown with the aid of fire containment resources enabling them to build a dozer and handline around most of the fire.  140 firefighters on the fire line.  Most spend the day improving and working to stop the fire from escaping its containment lines.  Forest service roads, trails and other access roads were closed.

Photograph of Knoll Fire mid-day 3_30_2018

Photo Credit | Tonto NF

March 31:  Area closures in effect.  Details here –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5727/42524/  Near Payson, AZ. 60 acres. 60% contained.  Firefighters continue to improve/secure fire lines and mop-up hot spots to keep within established containment lines. Light smoke visible from FS Road 29 over next few days. 136 firefighters on the fire line. Will be released as fire activity slows.  Closures are in effect. Details here –> https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd575561.pdf

Photograph taken of the Knoll Fire Afternoon of 3_30_18 from the air

Photo Credit | Tonto NF

Incident Cooperators | Gila County, Hell’s Gate Fire Department, Payson Fire Department, Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, Water Wheel Fire and Medical, Tonto National Forest, AZ State Forestry.

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