Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Brooklyn, Bull, Cedar Fires Daily UpdateArizona Central West Zone Type 3 IM TeamAndrew Mandell, Incident CommanderJuly 14, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Fire Information phone: 623-428-9367
Start Date: July 7, 2017
Brooklyn Fire - Location: 25 miles Northwest of Carefree, AZ; Size: 32,804 acres, Containment: 100%
Bull Fire – Location: 15 miles north of Carefree, AZ; Size: 5,323 acres; Containment: 85%
Cedar Fire - Location: 20 miles north of Carefree, AZ; Size: 1,342 acres; Containment: 100%
Resources Assigned: 2 crews, 6 engines, 1 type 3 helicopter, 106 total personnel (for all three fires)
Vegetation: Brush and Tall Grass
The Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team, under the command of Andrew Mandell, is managing fire operations for the three fires. Fire operations consist mainly of mop up from fire suppression activities and monitoring continuing fire movement on the Bull Fire. The Bull Fire is the only fire that is not fully contained and it continues to back downslope toward the west.
Both the Brooklyn Fire and the Cedar Fire received rain yesterday while the Bull Fire remained mostly dry. Monsoon weather will bring a chance for lightning to the area and crews remain ready for initial attack on any new starts. Humidity will be a bit higher than yesterday and there is a 40% chance of monsoon rains in the area today.
The closure order on the Agua Fria National Monument has been lifted. The closure order for the fire area on the Cave Creek Ranger District remains in effect. This closure includes all lands, trails and roads on the District west of National Forest System Road (NFSR) 24 (Seven Springs Road), north of NFSR 41 (Table Mesa Road) and south of NFSR 269 (Bloody Basin Road). NFSR 41 is closed from the Tonto Forest boundary on the west to its terminus at NFSR 24.
The Tonto National Forest’s Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has begun its assessment of the fires’ effects to determine what, if any, measures should be taken to reduce risks to people, property, and sensitive resources if heavy rains should occur in the burned area. Because the fire burned so quickly though dried grasses and brush, it did not burn the roots of the plants so soils will mostly be held in place by the root structure, thus reducing the risk of debris flows and flooding.
There is an FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) covering the Bull Fire for a five mile perimeter from its center. This includes any unmanned aircraft systems, or drones. Remember, IF YOU FLY WE CAN’T.