AZ | Backbone Fire | PM Update

1515 PT | SUNDAY | JUNE 20, 2021

INCIDENT SUMMARY — The BACKBONE FIRE was discovered on June 16, 2021. The lightning-caused fire is located 12 miles west and southwest of Pine and Strawberry, Arizona.

COMMAND — Fire management was assumed by the SW area Type 1 IMT by IC Alan Sinclair on June 19th.

SIZE UP — The fire has destroyed 24,192 acres of pinyon juniper, chaparral, brush, grass and cactus. It still remains at a zero-percent containment status.

CURRENT STATUS — Fire was seen from Camp Verde of active fire behavior along the western flank of the fire. Today’s activities will focus on crews and heavy equipment to reinforce containment and control lines to the south and west of communities in Strawberry and Pine, Arizona.

More extreme fire behavior is expected with growth to the north and east.

Water scooping aircraft working on the West side of the fire
Credit: USFS

Aviation resources are working to keep the fire from moving into the area of Deadman Mesa and Hardscrabble Canyon

EVACUATIONS ARE IN EFFECT — Hunts Ranch, south of Strawberry and communities of Strawberry and Pine.

SHELTERSHUMANS — Rim Country Middle School. 304 S Meadow Street, Payson, Arizona. (Red Cross)

RVS/TRAILERS — Payson High School.

HORSES — 3501 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff. (Coconino Humane Association)

LIVESTOCK — The Payson Event Center, 1400 Beeline Highway S.

DOGS/CATS — Humane Society of Central Arizona, 605 W Wilson Court, Payson.

THREATENED — Homes and electrical infrastructure.

CLOSED — SR260 and 87. SR 260 from Camp Verde to SR 87. SR87 closed from Payson to Lake Mary Road. Fossil Creek rec area including the Fossil Creek Bridge, tonto Bench, Homestead, Sally May, Purple Mountain, Mazatzal.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS — Strawberry, AZ, AZ State Forestry, Coconino NF, Gila County Public Health, CEDR Digital Corps, SWCC, Mapping Support, AZ DOT,

RESOURCES — 251 total personnel assigned. There are seven crews, two engines and three helicopters working on this incident.

COST-TO-DATE — As of yesterday, the cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment costs have reached $750,000.

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