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Pinery Fire

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Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management - State Office
1110 W. Washington Suite 100 Phoenix Arizona 85007
Phoenix, AZ 85007

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Date/Time Reported: reported Saturday, May 12th, around 1:30pm

Location: Approximately 29 miles SE of Willcox, AZ. The fire started on private land, and has moved to the north and east onto Chiricahua National Monument and the Coronado National Forest.

Estimated Size: approximately 1,200 acres

Containment: 100% contained

Cause: human caused, under investigation

Fuels: The fire is located in the footprint of the 2011 Horseshoe 2 Fire, in an area with heavy grass, brush and dead and down vegetation. There is mixed conifer in higher elevations.

Weather: Fire weather forecast.

Summary: Firefighters continue to patrol the fire. Fire activity is minimal, with some smoldering within the fire's perimeter observed. The fire is hung up on cliffs and rocky outcroppings on ridgetops, and has not progressed further north into Chiricahua National Monument. No additional growth is expected. There have been no structures lost and no injuries. This will be the final update unless significant changes occur.

Objectives: Firefighters successfully held the fire north of FR 42, south of the 181 Road in Chiricahua National Monument, and west of the North Fork of Pinery on the FR356.

Challenges: There fire is located in Wilderness, in remote, steep, rugged terrain. There are limited water sources in the area. Warmer, drier weather and high winds are expected to continue.

Structures Threatened: The fire remains approximately one mile south of park infrastructure including headquarters buildings, employee housing, a campground and the historic Faraway Ranch in Chiricahua National Monument. The Sugarloaf Lookout tower is also located in Chiricahua National Monument. The fire is located approximately 7 miles west of the community of Paradise, AZ and approximately 5 miles southwest of private inholdings in Whitetail Canyon. There is also one house at the Coronado National Forest Pinery Administrative site.

Evacuations: As of May 14, at 9pm, the Cochise County Sheriff's Office has returned all areas on "SET" protocols (Paradise and the White Tail Canyon) to "READY" status . Follow https://www.facebook.com/CochiseSO/ for current evacuation information. Register for Cochise County Emergency Alerts at https://www.cochise.az.gov/emergency.

Closures: Chiricahua National Monument reopend to the public on Saturday, May 19.

FR 42 / Pinery Canyon Road reopened May 16.

Restrictions: Stage II Fire Restrictions are in effect across Southern Arizona.

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. More info visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman, Under Investigation
Date of OriginSaturday May 12th, 2018 approx. 01:30 PM
Location29 m. SE of Willcox
Coordinates31.98 latitude, -109.37 longitude

Current Situation

Size1,200 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%