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Miller Fire

Unit Information

Coronado National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
300 W. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701

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A lightning storm in the Peloncillo Mountains started the Miller Fire within rough, remote country in the Bunk Robinson Wilderness Study Area. The Type 2 Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4, led by Incident Commander Carl Schwope, took over management duties on the Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest. Firefighters are “spiked out” in multiple smaller fire camps surrounding the fire. Objectives for this lightning-caused fire include, firefighter and public safety, point protection for structures in the area, and managing the fire to perform its natural role on the landscape of reducing fuels, which will improve range, wildlife habitat, and watershed conditions. Our operational strategies are supporting these objectives with the actions taken on the fire ground.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday June 29th, 2019 approx. 09:15 PM
LocationPeloncillo Mountains
Incident CommanderCarl Schwope - Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4
Coordinates31.449 latitude, -109.027 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel227
Size5,761 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber and Brush

Significant Events

Fire activity has decreased significantly over the fire due to recent rains. Hot spots are still located within the interior; however, no heat has been detected along the perimeter edge.


Planned Actions

Firefighters and Resource Advisors are working together to perform suppression repair activities in order to return the forest to a more natural state. Fire Managers have achieved 85% of our intended objectives on this incident.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

It will be noticeably hotter today with highs in the 90’s across the fire area with minimum humidity levels dropping into the 10 to 15 percent range. Winds will be changing direction, coming from the north and northeast. They are expected to remain fairly light except for a few afternoon gusts due to the strong afternoon heating.