The Wildfire Log | The Mountain Fire | AZ | 1

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, ARIZONA

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 @ 1530 HOURS MST

Incident Summary

A wildfire ignited just before noon on  Friday, June 7th, located approximately eight miles east of the nearest town of Cave Creek, Arizona.  It is about eight miles of the Cave Creek Ranger District office and near Horseshoe Dam Road turnoff.

The fire was caused by human intervention from an unknown ignition source.  The cause is currently under investigation.

Current Status

The fire has destroyed 7,225 acres and there is still a 0% containment status.

Image of smoke from Mountain Fire

Photo Credit: Tonto National Forest

It is being reported to be burning on the Tonto National Forest and east and northeast towards Bartlett Lake and Horshoe.  The nearby Bartlett Dam Road and Cave Road have both been shutdown.  This closure is to continue throughout the weekend.

A helicopter is currently dipping out of the Barlett Lake.

Fire Resources

There are currently 243 total personnel assigned to this wildfire along with fire assets that include multiple air tankers and a helicopter.

Mountain Fire burned area

Aerial fly over. | Photo Credit: Tonto National Forest

Command was assumed by the Central West Zone Type 3 IMT at 0600 hours this morning.

Additional resources are on order.

Photo Credit: Tonto National Forest

Evacuation Orders

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was assisting with the mandatory evacuations of those in the Bartlett Lake users and campers who had remained in the area, after voluntary evacuations were issued on Friday, June 7th.

Social Media

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AZ Wildfire | Maverick | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST | A wildfire is burning approximately 10 miles to the southwest of the nearest town of Payson on the Payson Ranger District in Arizona.

The fire was determined to have started on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

CAUSE

The cause is unknown at this time but there have been reports of lightning strikes in the area that occurred on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

SIZE UP

The wildfire has been contained to three acres but had grown one acre overnight. The fire is burning in steep and rugged terrain within the 2004 Willow Fire burn scar.

FIRE STATUS

The fire is currently being only monitored by air resources and fire behavior is said to be moving very slowly.

SMOKE CONDITIONS

Fire Managers state there may be smoke that could be seen on a continued basis off to the west from Payson and by drivers on State Highway 87. Hikers are being advised to use caution when visiting the area.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/19/2019 @ 1445 PDT

#PinalFire | AZ | 2

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, ARIZONA

Incident Summary 

A wildfire started by lightning on May 8, 2017, around 1515 hours on the Tonto National Forest, about 6 miles South of Globe, Arizona.

This is a lightning-caused wildfire.

Current Fire Conditions

Fire behavior is extreme, uphill runs, torching and backing.  Terrain is very rugged and steep.

Firefighters have been able to gain a 70% containment around the fire.

There has been 7,171 acres destroyed.

sky crane and sun

Photo Credit: Jayson Coil, Operations Section Chief/SW IMT1

Resources

There are 610 personnel assigned to this incident.  A new Type 3 IMT will take command on 6/2/2017 around 0600 hours.

Social Media

The hashtags that are being used by those using Social Media are #PinalFire #NMwildfires2017 #NM.

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#PinalFire | AZ | Newly Reported!

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, ARIZONA

Incident Summary 

A wildfire started by lightning on May 8, 2017, has not seen any type of fire since 1952!  So, as you can imagine there is a lot of heavy fire fuel to burn.  Generally speaking, this area sees fire every 2-17 years, says the Forest Service.

The fire is located approximately 6 miles South of Globe Arizona and burning on the Tonto National Forest.  It has destroyed 4,375 acres and is at a 21% containment level.

Firefighters are having to conduct suppression and containment techniques in rugged and steep terrain.

Current Fire Conditions

The current fire behavior is being considered as moderate, flanking, backing with short-range spotting and single tree torching.

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Resources

There are currently 383 personnel assigned to this incident, some from the Gila County Emergency Management, Red Cross and the U.S. Forest Service.

Community Meeting

A Community will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 1700 hours (5pm) at the High Desert Middle School located at 400 High Desert Drive in Globe, Arizona 85501.

Social Media

The hashtags that are being used by those using Social Media are #PinalFire #NMwildfires2017 #NM.

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Arizona’s #JuniperFire on the Tonto NF – May 28, 2016

Updated 1820 Hours PDT

Incident Summary:

The Juniper Fire was ignited by a lightning strike on May 17th around midnight in the area of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness on the Tonto National Forest.

Resources:

There are currently 321 personnel assigned to this incident including 5 Hotshot crews, 5 – Type 3 and 9-Type 6 Engines, 2- Type 3 helicopters and 3- Dozers with lot of support personnel.

Command consists of a Tonto NF Type 3 IMT Team (Central West Zone) with IC, Andy Mandell.

Photo of Juniper jFire creeping through needles and duff

Image showing fire is burning through needles and duff. Courtesy: @inciweb

Fire Behavior:

Fire Managers  are allowing this fire to burn slowly through the undergrowth, consuming leaves and needles, small branches, and brush and leaving the landscape healthier and safer from future fires.

The fire is currently at 3,000 acres with a 5% containment status.

Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer are the main fire fuels.

Partners:

The following are cooperators on this fire:  AZ EPA, AZ Game and Fish Department, AZ Department of Transportation, Gila County Emergency Management Agency, Gila County Sheriffs Office and Salt River Project.

 

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#JuniperFire – Tonto NF (AZ) – May 26, 2016

Updated 5/26/2016 1820 Hours PDT

Photo Courtesy: @inciweb

Photo Courtesy: @inciweb

Incident Summary:

The Juniper Fire was ignited by a lightning strike on May 17th around midnight in the area of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness on the Tonto National Forest.

Resources:

There are currently 304 personnel assigned to this incident including 5 Hotshot crews, 5 – Type 3 and 9-Type 6 Engines, 2- Type 3 helicopters and 3- Dozers with lot of support personnel.

Command consists of a Tonto NF Type 3 IMT Team (Central West Zone) with IC: Andy Mandel l; with Barry Johnson, IC-Trainee.

Photo Courtesy: @inciweb

Photo Courtesy: @inciweb

Fire Behavior:

Fire is growing/moving slowly through duff, dried grass and understory.

There currently is no containment on the fire.

Partners:

The following are cooperators on this fire:  AZ EPA, AZ Game and Fish Department, AZ Department of Transportation, Gila County Emergency Management Agency, Gila County Sheriffs Office and Salt River Project.

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#JuniperFire – Tonto NF (AZ) – May 25, 2016

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Incident Summary

The Wildfire is located in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness of the Tonto National Forest in Phoenix AZ.

The cause of the fire is deemed to have started by a possible lightning strike but it was not witnessed. However, evidence leads Fire Managers to believe this is the potential ignition of the wildfire that was later reported on May 20, 2016.

Photo Courtesy: @inciweb

Photo Courtesy: @inciweb

Command

IC: Andy Mandell, CWZ T3 IMT is the lead Fire Manager on this incident.  Assigned to this event are 267 personnel that representative the AZ Game and Fish Department, State Forestry, State DOT and the Gila County Sheriffs Office.

Photo Courtesy: @inciweb

Photo Courtesy: @inciweb

Fire Fuels – Conditions

Ponderosa Pine and mixed Conifer are currently burning that are on rugged terrain and cliffs.

 

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