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Black River Tank Fire

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INCIDENT UPDATED 6/14/2014

Approximate Location

33.5 latitude, -109.808 longitude

Incident Overview

The Black River Tank Fire was detected on May 23, 2014 along the Black River just south of Poker Mountain on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and San Carlos Apache Reservation. The fire is in a remote area with difficult terrain. The fire was determined to be caused by lighting.

The fire burned 3,163 acres in a Pinyon/Juniper Forest with a grass understory and Ponderosa pine stringers. The Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire at 6:00 p.m. on June 6, 2014.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginFriday May 23rd, 2014 approx. 06:00 PM
Location21 miles SE of Whiteriver, AZ
Incident CommanderRon Morrison, ICT3

Current Situation

Total Personnel123
Size3,244 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Fuels Involved

Dominant fuel model is Pinyon/Juniper

Significant Events

Isolated group tourching within interior. Backing with isolated spotting across the Black River

Outlook

Planned Actions

Crews will continue to secure the edge adjacent to the Black River with direct handline and utilize aerial support along the Black River. Continued Rehab of suppression related activities.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hour: Fire spread will continue into the Black River on the south and southwest perimeter.

24 hour: Fire spread will continue into the Black River on the south and southwest perimeter.

48 hour: Little to no spread is expected

72 hour: Fire is expected to be fully contained.

Remarks

Central West Zone IMT3 assumed command for this operational period.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High Haines Indices are forecasted for the upcoming period. Continued hot and dry with breezy conditions.

Unit Information

Fort Apache Agency
Arizona 73
Whiteriver, AZ, AZ 85941

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