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Klaus Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Brandalyn Karren
Phone: 602-730-6144
Hours: M-Su 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Highlighted Activity

08/17/2020 Containment Increases, Transition to Local Type 4 Incident Commander
 Klaus Fire Update for 8/17/2020 at 9:00 amLocation of Origin: 11 miles southwest of Portal        Fire Information Line: (602) 730-6144Percent Contained: 60% Jurisdiction: Coronado...
News - 08/17/2020
Rio Grande Type 2 IA Crew conducting firing operations Photos by Breanna Gonzales, Rio Grande Type 2 IA CrewImage options: [ Full Size ]

Monday August 17, 2020

The Klaus Fire is located on the Douglas Ranger District on the Coronado National Forest. The fire was started by lightning on August 10, 2020. It is located approximately 11 miles southwest of Portal, AZ. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain. Crews are working towards full suppression and going direct where they can do so safely. The fire is located in grass and brush vegetation in steep, rugged terrain.  
Firing operations over the weekend were successful in stopping forward progress in many areas. Crews will patrol and secure the fire's edge, addressing active flame on the perimeter if needed. Fire crews remain available to assist with initial attack in the surrounding area if new fires occur. 

The Coronado National Forest Douglas Ranger District has implemented road closures. 
 Forest Roads 314, 686, and 685 are closed to public access.  Road blocks are in place and staffed by law enforcement. The full closure order and map can be viewed under the Closures tab. The road closure will be lifted at 6 pm on Monday, August 17, 2020.

The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) was lifted at 6pm on Sunday, August 16.

There are no evacuations in place at this time. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 10th, 2020 approx. 01:45 PM
LocationDouglas Ranger District on the Coronado National Forest. 11 miles southwest of Portal, AZ
Incident CommanderType 3 IC Mark South and IC Trainee Mike Gustafson
Incident DescriptionFire Burning In Steep, Rugged Terrain
Coordinates31.755 latitude, -109.138 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel56
Size4,864 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained80%
Fuels Involved

Grass and Brush

Significant Events

Fire behavior:




Planned Actions

Projected Incident Activity

Continued backing and creeping of fire in steep terrain may increase spread potential.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weather will continue to be hot and dry with the possibility of an isolated thunderstorm developing in the afternoon.