June 18 Highline Fire Evening Update
Incident: Highline Fire Wildfire
Acres: 6,093 acres
Start Date: June 10, 2017
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar
Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer
Total personnel: 1,224
Today all evacuation orders were lifted by the Gila County Sheriff in consultation with the Incident Management Team. This includes the removal of evacuation orders for Ellison Creek Estates and La Cienega, as well as the pre-evacuation order for Bonita Creek.
Today crews built on recent containment successes and continued to mop-up remaining heat near containment lines.
In the Bear Canyon at the fire’s north end, crews continue to herd the fire towards containment lines and patrol for spot fires. Additional containment was achieved in Ellison Creek and along the Rim. Line is considered contained after crews have completed mop-up of heat along the fireline and the risk of spotting has been eliminated.
Repair of suppression impacts (dozer and handlines) has begun. This includes construction of water bars to channel water off lines during monsoon rain events. Crews and equipment no longer need on the incident have begun to be released and made available to other fires.
Tonight firefighters will focus on securing the northern flank of the fire along Bear Canyon while holding lines on the southern flank. Strategic firing may be used in Bear Canyon, as conditions allow, to remove unburned fuels between Forest Roads 95 and 139A. On the fire’s south flank crews will continue to mop-up hotspots along containment lines and patrol for spot fires.
There is an increased chance of thunderstorms tonight into tomorrow that could influence winds over the fire. While typical down canyon winds are expected to develop tonight, nighttime outflow winds from thunderstorms in the area could produce strong and erratic winds. Firefighters are prepared to respond changing conditions and potential new lightning fires over the next several days.
A Highline Fire Community Meeting was held tonight at 5:00 p.m. at the Starlight Pines Community Center in Blue Ridge, AZ. No additional community meetings are planned at this time.
The Coconino and Tonto National Forests Closure Orders and Fire Restrictions remain in effect.
Firefighters are working to protect values at risk where they can do so safely and effectively. Values include watersheds, private property and adjoining communities, pipelines, range improvements, powerlines, air quality, prehistoric and historic resources, federally protected species, and nationally and regionally significant trail systems.
Fire Information: (928) 985-0097 and (928) 362-2916 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) Media Line: 928-793-1955