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INCIDENT UPDATED 1:19 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

33.281 latitude, -110.806 longitude

Incident Overview

Map of fire area with red markings to indicate heat detected from infrared flight

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Progress Continues with Work to Establish Secure Containment Lines

May 27, 2017 Evening Update

Acres: 6,424 acres

Start Date: May 8, 2017

Cause: Lightning

Original Location: 6 miles south of Globe, Arizona

Containment: 41%

Fuels: Upper elevation: Ponderosa pine, mixed conifer, and sub-alpine fir. Lower elevation: Brush

Total personnel: 624

A community meeting will be held Sunday evening at the High Desert Middle School, 4000 High Desert Drive, Globe, AZ, at 5:00 p.m. This meeting will be streamed live on the Tonto National Forest Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/U.S. Forest Service-Tonto National Forest. American Sign Language (ASL) services and captioning will be provided. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view this meeting or to view recordings of past meetings.

A recording of tonight’s community meeting is available on the Tonto National Forest Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/U.S. Forest Service-Tonto National Forest.

Today the fire grew on the north end as it continued to burn downhill through brush vegetation towards Forest Road (FR) 651. It reached FR 651 in places as day shift crews conducted burning operations along the road within the fire perimeter. Burning operations are planned for the next few days as conditions allow. These efforts will help keep fire within the planned perimeter and minimize fire severity in the brush, leaving some vegetation intact to reduce the threat of erosion and flooding concerns in the future.

No evacuation orders are in effect at this time. A Precautionary Pre-Evacuation Notification remains in effect for residents in the Icehouse Canyon and Kellner Canyon areas, south of the Icehouse/Kellner Junction only. It is important for residents in these areas to be prepared as conditions can change rapidly. Suggested Ready, Set, Go preparations are available on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5176/.

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted anywhere within the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) area, all aircraft must land until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. Visit the National Interagency Fire Center webpage at https://nifc.gov/drones for more information.

Values at Risk: Firefighters are working to keep the fire within the system of roads that surround it and protect values at risk. These values include watersheds, communication towers, private and recreational residences, pipelines, range improvements, powerlines, Mexican spotted owl habitat, and air quality.

Restrictions & Closures: A Forest Closure Order and Fire Restrictions remain in effect. The original closure order has been revised to include additional area and road closures. Please avoid unnecessary travel in the Icehouse Canyon and Kellner Canyon areas to limit traffic so firefighters have access to work safely.

Fire Information: (928) 487-0676 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5176/ (Air Quality info, County Emergency Alert sign-up link, Firewise tips)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/U.S. Forest Service-Tonto National Forest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tontoforest


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginMonday May 08th, 2017 approx. 03:15 PM
Location6 miles south of Globe, AZ
Incident CommanderBea Day

Current Situation

Total Personnel624
Size6,424 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained41%
Estimated Containment DateThursday June 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory) Chaparral (6 feet)

Significant Events

Extreme

Uphill Runs

Torching

Backing

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continued preparation and defense of structures and infrastructure along the indirect control lines. Utilize firing operations when and where necessary to maintain low intensity fire conditions and prevent unwanted impacts to the values at risk including structures, infrastructure, recreation, wildlife and range allotments.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Moderate to low fire behavior starting at 2000 and decreasing past midnight.

24 hours: Active to Extreme fire behavior on the North end. Spotting will be suppressed due to cloud cover. Switch to South winds could new fuels.

48 hours: Moderate to Active fire behavior. Potential thunderstorm activity could affect fire behavior with gusty erratic winds.

72 hours: Moderate to Active fire behavior with increasing chance of thunderstorms and associated erratic winds.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Continued moderate to active fire behavior with impact from further increasing chance of thunderstorms.

Remarks

Firing may be implemented by aerial resources to ensure the fire edge aligns appropriately to the slope.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Humidity values did not recover above 20 percent early Saturday morning, and then dropped to below 10 percent for much of the afternoon across lower elevations of the fire. Temperatures across

the Pinal Fire rose to the mid-80s at lower elevations and to around 60 degrees at the highest elevations Saturday. Winds were lighter

across the fire area today with the Globe RAWS reporting a peak

gust to 24 mph, but prevailing winds were 5-10 mph with gusts of 10 to 15 mph throughout the day.

Tomorrow: A warming trend will occur Sunday across the fire area. Higher elevations will again warm into the mid 60s, while lower elevations near 4500 ft will warm to the around 90 degrees. Humidity values will drop to around 25 percent at the higher

elevations and again to around 7-11 percent at lower elevations. Winds are expected to be lighter in speed and generally from the

south at 7-11 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Southeast winds will develop Monday allowing for some slightly

increased humidity to move into the area, but along with that will come a chance for dry thunderstorms, mainly to the east of the fire,

that may create gusty and erratic winds. Temperatures are expected to continue to be above normal Monday with highs again near 90

degrees at around 4500 feet.

Unit Information

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Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2324 East McDowell Road
Phoenix, Arizona, AZ 85006
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