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Fish Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Julianne Nikirk
Email: julianne.nikirk@usda.gov
Phone: 928-270-8335
Hours: M-F 9-5

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The fire was initially reported on the 10th of June at 4:28 PM. As of June 18th, the fire was estimated to be 3,704 acres and is burning in the Wallow Fire burn scar near Fish Creek and Forest Service Road 25B, approximately 20 miles SW of Alpine, AZ. The Fish Fire is burning mixed conifer, dead and down trees, and abundant standing snags. A dry lightning storm was occurring in the area at the time, and a lightning strike has been determined to be the cause. Fire activity is flanking and backing through heavy burn scar and grass. The fire is being managed through confine and contain strategies. A contain strategy is a wildfire response strategy of restricting a wildfire to a defined area, primarily using natural barriers that are expected to restrict the spread of the wildfire under the prevailing and forecasted weather conditions. There may be additional suppression activities, such as burnout and line construction, in order to confine the fire to the containment boundary. Due to the danger of abundant snags in the area, this method was determined to be the safest and most effective to reach our objectives. Known as “snags”, standing dead trees present especially dangerous working conditions for firefighters to operate in. Monitoring, confinement work from existing forest service roads and containment operations will continue as weather and fire conditions allow, while simultaneously placing firefighter safety foremost in consideration.
 
If traveling in the area on Highway 191, please watch for equipment on the road. Forest roads in the area of the fire may be temporarily closed for operational security as the situation develops. Expect continued smoke in the area, settling overnight and dissipating throughout the afternoon and evening. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginFriday June 10th, 2022 approx. 04:30 PM
Location20 miles SW of Alpine, AZ
Incident CommanderChristina Brannon
Incident DescriptionLightning Caused Wildfire
Coordinates33.635 latitude, -109.393 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel16
Size3,704 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained50%
Estimated Containment DateSunday July 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Primarily dead and down material with a grass/brush component. Open Ponderosa and dry mixed conifer.

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior with creeping, and smoldering. Fire has received some precipitation and has black lined itself in most places in finer fuels. Some interior logs and dry areas continue to smolder and creep around.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to monitor fire area and assess weather conditions with any fire activity that may occur.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Fire is expected to creep and smolder with precipitation over the fire area. Forecast shows the next 4 days with precipitation.

24 hours: Fire is expected to creep and smolder with precipitation over the fire area. Forecast shows the next 4 days with precipitation.

48 hours: Fire is expected to creep and smolder with precipitation over the fire area. Forecast shows the next 4 days with precipitation.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weather forecast is calling for 70% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms on throughout the remainder of the week.