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Highline Fire

Unit Information

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

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Tonto National Forest

Coconino National Forest

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown, Under Investigation
Date of OriginSaturday June 10th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Incident CommanderMcElfresh, Type 4 Incident Commander
Coordinates34.397 latitude, -111.218 longitude

Current Situation

Size7,198 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer

Significant Events

Below the Rim fire behavior is limited to a few isolated pine stringers where a stump or log may still be smoldering. Above the Rim creep may still be occurring on a few small interior islands.


Planned Actions

Smoke may be visible on the northern portion of the fire, where it continues to smolder and burn in pockets of unburned vegetation within the fire’s perimeter. Firefighters will continue to hold and patrol the perimeter. Suppression repair will continue on dozer and handlines, equipment staging areas, and safety zones. Repairs include construction of water bars to channel water off lines during monsoon rain events. In areas where brush was cleared crews are now using chippers to remove slash piles along control lines. The Highline and General Cook Scenic Trails will be repaired where they were used as a control line and impacted by suppression actions. Mitigation may include flush cutting stumps close to the ground, felling of hazard trees, and use of cut trees to prevent unauthorized off-highway vehicle (OHV) use in the future.


Highline Fire Area Closure Orders and Fire Restrictions remain in effect on the Coconino and Tonto national forests

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High pressure over southern Arizona will not move too much through Saturday, so expect mostly sunny skies and west to southwest winds to continue during the afternoon. A front moving into New Mexico to the north east will bring increasing mid level moisture for a slight chance of afternoon and evening dry thunderstorms to eastern Arizona each afternoon Sunday through Tuesday. Better chances for higher coverage dry thunderstorms will stay well east and southeast of the burn and operations perimeter.