Kaibab National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
800 S. 6th St.
Williams, AZ 86046
Fredonia, Ariz., Aug. 22, 2018 — For Immediate Release. With outbreaks of severe wildfires unfolding across the West many firefighting and support resources were stretched thin this fire season, this included support contractors who were spread out in all directions across the country.
The Kaibab National Forest was not immune – the wildland fire community was at preparedness level five nationally (the most elevated preparedness level) – and getting critical logistical support was going to be a challenge. Lightning ignited fires on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest and North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park – 53 times in July and 21 times in August. Local resources had their hands full with the Obi Fire, Stina Fire, Cat Fire, and initial attack on every other lightning-caused fire in the area, which meant fire managers would soon begin seeking outside resources.
For Stina Fire and Cat Fire Logistics Chief Gary Holsten, this meant finding meals for firefighters, among other needs. Locally Mickey and Kami Houston, owners of Houston’s Trails End Restaurant and Catering, are typically Holsten’s go to for catering needs as they’ve done for years - serving countless numbers of meals to our nation’s wildland fire community on incidents both locally and nationally. But this time the Houston’s were already committed to supporting the national firefighting effort, which meant that Holsten had to find an alternative solution.
With nearly zero notice, six local businesses agreed to support the North Zone Fire Management Organization and the Arizona Central West Zone Type-3 Incident Management Team.
“We could not do this job without your trust and support, and for that, we are truly thankful,” said Stina Fire Incident Commander Mike Uebel. “We are blessed and fortunate to have such a supportive community.”
“You came through when we needed you most,” added Cat Fire Incident Commander RobRoy Williams. “Thank you for your unwavering support these past two weeks.”
Below is a list of these local businesses and their contributions on the Stina Fire and Cat Fire:
Honey’s Marketplace filled the gap by providing 200 breakfasts, 200 lunches, and 100 dinners daily to firefighters on both the Stina Fire and Cat Fires.
The Kaibab Lodge filled the gap by providing 50 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for several days to firefighters on both the Stina Fire and Cat Fires.
Jackpot Waste Management provided 23 portable toilets and six portable hand wash stations in support of firefighters on both the Stina Fire and Cat Fires.