Firefighters had help from mother nature and thanks to significant rainfall in the area, the Fife Fire is getting closer to containment. The fire started July 11th around 10pm on state lands and has since moved onto the Coronado National Forest. The fire activity is settling down and continues to smolder through dry, desert vegetation 15 miles NE of Sunizona and just W of the Chiricahua National Monument. At the peak of the fire, nearly a dozen aircraft were used to help fight the spread of the fire into the Chiricahuas. More than 225 fire personnel worked to secure the fire's perimeter and additional engines were ordered for structure protection. Today, many of the crews are demobilizing, but some will stay assigned to the fire to monitor the perimeter and watch for hot spots.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday July 11th, 2017 approx. 10:00 PM|
|Location||15 m NE of Sunizona, W. of Chiricahua National Monument|
|Incident Commander||Jim Etshokin, DFFM & Dustin Mueller, CNF|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||85%|
Tall grasses, dry brush
Work toward keeping fire movement minimal and stopping forward progress
Expect brief strong,gusty and erratic winds due to thunderstorm outflows. Otherwise, 20-foot winds will generally be terrain driven at less than 15 mph. Occasional gusts will occur during the afternoon hours due to daytime heating. High temperatures will be close to seasonal normals and increased moisture will result in moderate relative humidity levels.