Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springerville, AZ 85938
United States Department of Agriculture
Media Contact: Debbie Roznovak (928) 535-7300
Location: NW of Woods Canyon Lake
Cause: under investigation
Percent containment: 0%
Start date: Friday, May 11, 2018 discovered at 2:00 p.m.
Size: 103 acres
Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass understory
Resources: 130 Personnel
Incident Commander: Ben Plumb
The Woods Fire was discovered at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12 near Forest Road 195 just west/northwest of Woods Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District.
The wind driven Woods Fire quickly spread to the north/northeast until it entered the footprint of the 2017 Alder Prescribed Burn, which immediately slowed the fire’s northern progress. Air tanker and water drops were not available due to the high winds. Ground crews focused energy on the east and west flanks of the fire tying the lines together within the Alder prescribed burn. The fire was completely lined late Friday evening and was held by hand crews through the night.
Today, despite persistent Red Flag conditions, crews continue to hold and reinforce the lines on the ground, building on yesterday’s efforts.
Weather: Red Flag conditions continue across the area today with sustained winds near 28 mph, and gusts as high as 49 mph. Tomorrow winds will decrease to 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Warm, dry conditions are expected through the coming week.
Safety: Visitors are reminded to drive with caution in the fire area and to be alert for fire traffic. Forest Road 195 was already affected by a public safety closure and was closed to the public prior to the start of the Woods Fire. No additional closures are in effect at this time.
Fire restrictions: The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is currently in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions to reduce human-caused fires and protect public safety.