U.S. Forest Service
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
30 S Chiricahua Drive
Springerville, AZ 85938
Media Contact: Black Mesa Ranger District
May 5, 2019
Discovered: May 2, 2019
Location: Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
Approximately 3 miles southwest of Heber Overgaard
Size: 503 acres Percent Containment: 60%
Cause: Natural Personnel Assigned: 30
Incident Commander: Joshua Salazar
Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine with a heavy dead and down component left behind by the 2002 Rodeo-Chedeski Fire.
On Saturday Fire Managers were successful in completing firing operations within pre-existing roads and natural features. The fire will continue to consume isolated pockets of unburned fuels within the interior of the fire. Smoke impacts will be reduced as fuels continue to consume and burn themselves out.
Sunday fire crews will focus on strengthening containment lines and monitoring interior pockets as they consume.
Naturally occurring fires like the Hoyle fire that ignite under favorable conditions and burn with lower intensity, are being used by fire managers to help reintroduce fire into the fire-dependent forest ecosystem. When fires burn in intervals appropriate to the ecosystem, they consume forest debris and weak vegetation which can trigger forest regeneration and help maintain native plant species and a healthy and diverse ecosystem. Reducing fine fuels and debris on the forest floor can help prevent the catastrophic losses of wildfires ignited during the hotter, drier periods.
The Hoyle Fire is visible from Arizona State Highway 260 between milepost 296 and 299 as well as Black Canyon Road/Forest Road 86 north of the Old Wilford Townsite. Motorists are asked to be aware of fire crews and drive carefully through the area without stopping within the fire zone.
Light smoke may continue to impact Heber/Overgaard into the coming week. Individuals sensitive to smoke can learn how to help protect their health by visiting the Coconino County Public Health Services District website at: http://bit.ly/SmokeHealthAwareness
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