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Pinal Fire

Unit Information

Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006

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Pinal Fire Transfer of Command to Occur Saturday Morning

June 8, 2017, Final Type 3 Team Update

Acres: 7,193

Start Date: May 8, 2017

Cause: Lightning

Original Location: 6 miles south of Globe, Arizona

Containment: 95%
Total personnel: 74

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

Barry Johnson’s Type 3 Incident Command Team will transfer control of the Pinal Fire to the Globe Ranger District Saturday June 10th at 6:00 a.m.

Firefighters will continue to patrol the fire line and mop-up hotspots in areas that could threaten the perimeter. In addition, preliminary Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) work has begun and will continue after the Type 3 team leaves.

As the initial threat of the Pinal Fire passes, post-fire conditions are being assessed to determine the risk of flooding primarily in downstream portions of the Kellner and Icehouse canyon drainages. The Six Shooter Canyon and Russell Gulch drainages could experience flooding as well.

The Gila County Office of Emergency Management will lead an effort by representatives from multiple agencies and organizations in a unified command structure to address the complex task of preparing for the risk to residents and private/public infrastructure in these drainages. They plan to have public meetings to address this risk and to inform property owners of what to expect and how to prepare.

Residents can call the Gila County Office of Emergency Management with any questions at 928-402-8789. You can also find more information by searching “Gila County Health and Emergency Management” on Facebook or by visiting the Gila County website at:

To sign up for Everbridge, Gila County’s emergency alert system, visit

The forecast is for hot, dry weather for the near future. Fuel moisture remains critically low. Expect to see smoke and possible flames within the fire’s perimeter until the area receives significant moisture.

Area and road closures and fire restrictions remain in effect. The Tonto National Forest Pinal Fire Closure and Fire Restrictions information are available on the Tonto National Forest webpage,




Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday May 08th, 2017 approx. 03:15 PM
Location6 miles south of Globe, AZ
Incident CommanderJosh Beason ICT4, David Rasmussen ICT4(T)
Incident DescriptionWildfire, Lightning Ignited/natural
Coordinates33.281 latitude, -110.806 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel9
Size7,193 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory) Chaparral (6 feet)

Significant Events

Minimal Activity, road work and camp site rehabilitation continues


Planned Actions

Continue monitoring. Continue roadwork in anticipation of opening FR 651 and 112

Projected Incident Activity

Very little fire activity. Possibility of some remaining smoldering in the timber fuels.


The District took the fire over with a Type 4 IC on Saturday June 10, 2017.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot and dry for the next few days. Drier air over the region should eliminate chance of thunderstorms