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Final Update: July 6 Oak Fire Update
OAK FIRE UPDATE July 6, 2014: 8:00 a.m. NOTICE: THIS WILL BE THE FINAL NEWS RELEASE FROM ICS-3 TEAM An Oak Fire information station has been set up at Walmart, 755 S. 20th Avenue in Safford. It... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 7/6/2014

Approximate Location

32.694 latitude, -110.289 longitude

Incident Overview

July 5 Crews reducing ladder fuels

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This will be the final news release from the Type 3 Incident Management Team.

The Oak Fire was ignited by lightning on June 17, 2014 in the Galiuro Mountains in eastern Arizona. It is located on the Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest, burning in the general vicinity of China Peak.

The fire is being managed for multiple objectives within a defined planning area mostly within the Galiuros wilderness area. The planning area includes Rattlesnake Canyon on the west and southwest sides, High Creek on the southeast side with the Forest boundary on the east and north sides.

Objectives:

- Provide for public, firefighter and aviation safety.

- Prevent fire from spreading to private lands and protect historic structures

- Contain fire within the National Forest boundary in the Galiuro Mountains

- Manage this natural ignition fire to improve wildlife habitat and forage; improve rangeland conditions; watershed conditions; improve forest health.

- Minimize fire severity impacts to threatened and endangered species habitat (i.e. Chiricahua leopard frog, Mexican spotted owl). Try to maintain buffer zones to trap sediment.

- Utilize Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) when conducting fire management operations in the Wilderness.

- Work with media to provide the public timely and accurate information.

Resources Assigned:

- Wildland Fire Module

- Engines: 2

- Hotshot crews: 2

- Type 2 hand crews: 2

- Helicopters: 6

- Air attack platforms

- Single engine air tankers available, used as needed

Closures: The area temporarily closed due to the Oak Fire in the Galiuro Mountains has been modified (7/6/2014). The southern line of the closure area begins at the Forest boundary on High Creek Road (FS 159) at T10S, R21E, Sec. 17, SE and following this road to the High Creek Trail and thence west to Sunset Peak. From Sunset Peak continuing west to Kielberg Peak and the Forest boundary at T10S, R19E, Sec. 9, SW. The closed area is all National Forest System lands north of this line. This closure was enacted to allow firefighters unrestrained access and to protect the public.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginTuesday June 17th, 2014 approx. 05:45 PM
LocationApproximately 34 miles NW of Wilcox, AZ
Incident CommanderBuddy Zale
Incident DescriptionLightning-caused Fire Is Being Managed For Multiple Objectives

Current Situation

Total Personnel190
Size13,920 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained25%
Fuels Involved

Mostly pinyon/oak with a high amount of manzainta understory at the higher elevations. Also in ponderosa pine, mainly in drainages. Grass and scattered pinyon-juniper at lower elevations.

Significant Events

Backing and flanking fire with slow rate of spread. Most active fire is on the west side along Rattlesnake Canyon near Powers Garden cabin and on the south side in upper Douglas Canyon. High relative humidity and light overhight rains limited fire spread. Crews held and improved containment line in Rattlesnake Canyon. Crews continue to prep and chip along High Creek Road to the southeast. Aviation used for recon flights and operational sling loads.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Monitor fire backing into Rattlesnake Canyon and hold/reinforce as needed. Improve road in High Creek in the SE corner for a possible holding feature.

Projected Incident Activity

Continued smoldering and slow movement to the S and SW in Douglas Canyon. On the west side, fire should continue backing slowly towards Rattlesnake Canyon at the confluence with Horse Canyon near Power's Garden. Fire is holding on the east side in Paddy's River Canyon.

Remarks

The incident command post was moved to the Bonita School. ICT3 transition from Scott Glaspie to Buddy Zale with Darrell Howell as ICT3(T).

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weather conditions will be similar to yesterday (Saturday, July 5) with light northwesterly winds in the morning becoming westerly by the evening. Isolated showers occurred last night and continued isolated afternoon thunderstorms are forecasted for today (July 6) and tomorrow (July 7). Strong and erratic gusty winds are possible near associated thunderstorms.

Unit Information

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Coronado National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
300 West Congress
Tucson, AZ 85701

Incident Contacts

Fire Information Duty Officer
Phone: (520) 388-8484
Media Contact- Heidi Schewel
Phone: 520-237-4860
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