CUMERO FIRE UPDATE
July 5, 2018: 6:00 p.m.
Nogales Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest
Latitude: 31.454 Longitude: -111.447
Near Sasabe, Arizona
Start Date: July 5, 2018 Size: Approximately 4,000 acres (2,000 acres in US and 2,000 in Mexico)
Percent Contained: 0
Cause: Under Investigation
Vegetation: Tall grass and brush
Summary: On July 5, 2018 a smoke was reported to the southeast of Sasabe, along the US and Mexico border. The Cumero fire is burning in grass south of Cumero Mountain. The incident exhibits active fire behavior with substantial growth. The fire is currently straddling the international border with approximately 2,000 acres burning on each respective side. A direct suppression strategy is being taken at this time. Fire personnel are in assessing values at risk. Firefighters are actively working to suppress the fire. Aerial resources are being utilized. Additional crews, engines and overhead have been ordered to assist with the suppression efforts.
Structures Threatened: Garcia Ranch and Communication Towers
Provide for firefighter and public safety.
Assess holding features and values at risk to develop best possible strategy.
Fire Behavior: Active fire behavior. The fire is burning in grass with a high rate of spread.
Resources Assigned and Ordered:
Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT) 2
A temporary flight restriction has been ordered, is in effect over the fire area, and remains in place until further notice. This restriction includes “drones” or unmanned aerial vehicles. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!” Aerial fire suppression resources will be grounded if drones enter the restricted airspace, which could result in serious consequences.
Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect on the Coronado National Forest. Please refer to https://firerestrictions.us/ for additional information.
Fire Weather: Hot, dry conditions will prevail over the next few days with a chance of thunderstorms in the area.
For updates please call Cumero Fire Public Information Officer Ali Bickford at (520) 539-8065 or see the Coronado National Forest Facebook page at http://facebook.com/CoronadoNF and/or Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov