The Lightning-started Pine Hollow Fire Experiences Decreased Activity
Crews continue to make excellent progress on the Pine Hollow Fire. The northern, eastern, and southern edges of the fire showed decreased activity on Sunday, August 2, and crews are preparing plans to repair areas impacted by suppression activities. Because of the decreased activity in some portions, crews and helicopters are working to suppress the active fire along the north and western edge. Additional crews and equipment continue to arrive and assist with fire operations.
On Monday, August 3 we expect fire behavior to be extreme due to dry fuel, high heat, and erratic winds. Pinyon-Juniper is the dominant fuel type across the fire area. Old fire scars, low vegetation density, and previous vegetation treatments are helping to slow the fire spread.
See below for additional information.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday July 29th, 2020 approx. 04:30 PM|
|Location||20 miles east of Kanab, Utah|
|Incident Commander||Brook Chadwick/Jeremy Kiesling|
|Incident Description||Wildland Fire|
|Coordinates||36.983 latitude, -112.11 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||38%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Thursday August 13th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber and tall grass. Fuels are dominated by heavy pinyon/ juniper with pockets of moderate loading grass in old fire scars and fuel treatments. Live and dead fuel moistures are at record low levels. Terrain is complex with numerous east-west running drainages that make access and egress difficult. There are natural barriers on the east flank and no barriers on the remaining flanks. Weather is extremely hot, dry, and unstable with a Haines of 6 predicted through Wednesday.
Moderate torching. Torching and short range spotting in pinyon-juniper and backing fire in grass/sagebrush on the northern, western, and southern flanks of the fire. Minimal fire behavior on the eastern flank with creeping and smoldering.
Division Alpha (west) and Zulu (south) are constructing direct line on the west flank. Burnouts are being utilized where needed to secure fire edge. Division Alpha is continuing to build indirect contingency line. Division Bravo (north) is mopping up along fire edge. Division Oscar (east) is in patrol and mop up.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Active fire behavior with group torching.
Current risks are smoke impacts to the Navajo Nation, mule deer winter range and endangered California condor breeding habitat. Current closures are being managed by the Kane County sheriff's office. Closures:
--North of UT/AZ state line:
-All BLM public lands between Johnson Wash and BLM Road 700/1065 (House Rock Valley Road), to include the road.
--South of UT/AZ state line:
-BLM Road 1026 to Hwy 89A
-BLM Road 1024 to BLM Road 1025 (Winter Road)
-BLM Road 1025 (Winter Road) from BLM Road 1026 East to BLM Road 700/1065 (House Rock Valley Road)
-BLM Road 700/1065 (House Rock Valley) Stateline south to BLM Road 1079 (Lone Tree Rd)
-Arizona Scenic Trail from the Stateline campground south to the Kaibab National Forest Boundary.
The team is discussing strategic containment options with Agency Administrators.
Hot and dry conditions persisted at the fire site again on Sunday. Temperatures climbed into the upper-90s and afternoon humidity dropped into the single digits. Winds were generally from the west, with gusts up to 25 mph. Hot, dry and unstable conditions will continue on Monday and Tuesday. Expect high temperatures in the 90s, single digit afternoon humidity and a Haines of 6.