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Cow Canyon

Unit Information

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
30 S Chiricahua Tri
Springerville, AZ 85938

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Incident Contact

Kacy Ellsworth
Phone: 928-333-6280
Hours: M-F 8-5pm

The Cow Canyon Fire was ignited by lightning on August 18, 2020 on the Alpine Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. It is burning in steep, rugged terrain, is in a remote location within the Blue Range Primitive Area, and has minimal values at risk, therefore, is in Monitor Status. 

The Cow Canyon Fire is approximately 4 miles southeast of the Blue Camp in the Blue River Drainage. The fire started on the north side of Lanphier Canyon and moved to the south crossing the canyon just to the west of Cashier Spring.

Franz Cabin and Corral are located to the east of the fire near Franz Spring. The fire is being monitored for movement to the east that may impact the cabin.
Firefighters created a helispot near the cabin during the Whoa Canyon Fire in early July and will utilize that, if necessary, to help protect the cabin and corrals.

The Cow Canyon fire grew to about 455 acres during a storm that occurred over the holiday weekend and early last week. It has some hot spots and areas of smoke within the fire area. A helicopter flew into the helispot around Sep 9th. Personnel also cut some younger brush and trees away from the Franz Cabin and corrals. Approximately 40 acres is active southeast of Campbell Flat and is quartering away from Franz Cabin. Fire is now at 470 acres as of Sep 15.

Smoke may be visible east of Hwy. 191 on the Alpine and Clifton Ranger Districts and west of Saddle Mountain and the town of Glenwood, New Mexico. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 18th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Coordinates33.561 latitude, -109.099 longitude

Current Situation

Size470 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained40%



40 acres active SE of Campbell Flat.