Forest issues 2nd Revision for Highline Fire Closure Order
PHOENIX, June 23, 2017 —For Immediate Release. Forest Service officials have implemented a second revision to the Highline Fire Public Safety Closure Order as of 4 a.m. Friday, June 23. The revisions are effective through 8 p.m. July 23, unless terminated sooner.
All lands and trails South of the Mogollon Rim to the Highline Trail (Trail #31), from Dry Dude Creek to the unnamed drainage east of Ellison Creek, are closed. Additionally, the Highline Trail is closed from Dry Dude Creek to Ellison Creek.
The purpose of the temporary Area Closure Order is to protect National Forest visitor and firefighter health and safety by eliminating the potential for the general public to enter the Highline Fire burned area due to potential snag/falling trees hazards, re-ignitions, flash flooding and conflict with firefighting operations.
The Southwest Area Incident Management Team #1 will transfer command of the southern portion of the fire below the Mogollon Rim to the Tonto National Forest on Saturday, June 24. Team #1 transferred command of the northern portion of the fire above the Mogollon Rim (the area formerly known as the Bear Fire) to the Coconino National Forest on Friday, June 23.
Payson District Ranger Debbie Cress said multiple agencies worked together to suppress the Highline Fire.
“We are appreciative of the Type 1 team’s support and thank them for their successful efforts on the Highline Fire,” Cress said. “We also want to thank Water Wheel Fire District Chief Ron Sattelmaier and Hellsgate Fire District Chief John Wisner for their support of the team, including providing almost 225,000 gallons of water to bladders and dip tanks. Finally, our thanks to Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin for having the foresight to support placement of those bladders and dip tanks in prior years, making it possible to get water to the fire as quickly as possible and protect our communities.”
For the complete closure order visit the Tonto National Forest Web site at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices/?aid=41353.
For more information about the Highline Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5233/