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Sawtooth Fire

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Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006

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Sawtooth Fire Video Update June 6, 2020

Sawtooth Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 6/6/2020

The June 6 Video Update is available to view at

https://www.facebook.com/SawtoothFireInfo/videos/710137826482425/?v=710137826482425
 
Video with captions available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa6m5s8OvSEmwIIMcK6Ugrg
 
Click below to open a pdf of the video transcript 
 

>>SPEAKER: HI, GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY.

MY NAME IS BRAD PITASSI, AND I AM A PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER FOR THE SOUTHWEST AREA TYPE I INCIDENT MANAGEMENT. TEAM ONE. AND INCIDENT COMMANDER, ALAN SINCLAIR. THIS MORNING IS SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH, AND I WANTED TO INVITE EVERYBODY FOR A QUICK BRIEFING THIS MORNING. SO TRADITIONALLY YOU HAVE BEEN HEARING FROM THE OPERATIONAL SECTION CHIEF WHICH HAS BEEN EXPLAINING THE FIRE. AND TODAY WE WILL GET INTO MORE DEPTH. SO WE WILL HEAR FROM AIR OPERATION CHIEF AND TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE UNIQUE AIRCRAFT AS WELL AS OUR COMMENTS FROM INCIDENT COMMANDER. AND FROM THAT IMPLICATIONS AND INTRODUCE RALPH LUCAS.

>>SPEAKER RALPH LUCAS: ALL RIGHT GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY. PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU ALL HERE. AND I WILL EXPLAIN THE FIRE TOO, BUT I AM WITH THE OPERATIONAL SECTION LIKE BRAD SAID AND THIS IS WHAT THE FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING. AND SO IT IS OUR TASK TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE SAFE, AND HAVE THE TOOLS TO DO THEIR JOB AND THEY ARE TAKING CARE OF FIRE. I WILL EXPLAIN THE FIRE ON THE MAP FOR YOU SO IT WILL MAKE SENSE. AND THERE IS A LOT ON IT THAT COULD BE CONFUSING.

SO LET'S TALK ABOUT THE COMMUNITIES THAT SURROUND THE AREA.   WE HAVE THE APACHE JUNCTION FROM THE METRO SECTION OF PHOENIX. AND THIS THE MIDLINE FROM THE SUPERSTITION THAT YOU SEE FROM THE HOME, AND THIS IS THE FIRE, AND THE FIRE'S IMPRINT WHICH WE WILL CALL THE PERIMETER AND THE LINES MARKED IN BLACK, WE WILL CALL SECURE LINES AND THE LINES MARKED IN RED ARE THE ONES THAT WE ARE STILL WORKING ON. AND SO WE BREAK FIRES UP INTO CHUNKS. AND WE PUT A NAME AND THEY ARE A LETTER IN THE ALPHABET. SO FROM HERE TO HERE, WE WILL MAKE THAT CHUNK A. WHICH IS WE CALL THE DIVISION AND THAT IS DIVISION ALPHA. AND SO ON AROUND THE FIRE. SO IF YOU HEAR THEM REFERRING TO CERTAIN LETTERS THAT IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. THAT IS HOW I WILL START.

SO I WILL START WITH THE DIVISION A, OR ALPHA. AND WHAT THE CREW HAS BEEN DOING HERE IS SECURING THE FIRELINE AND MAKING SURE IT IS VERY SECURE ESPECIALLY TO THE SOUTH. AND THE REASON WHY WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS HERE BECAUSE THIS IS CLOSE TO YOUR COMMUNITY. AND IT IS IN BLACK AS YOU CAN SEE. AND THIS IS WHAT WE WILL SECURE THE LINE AND WE ARE CONTINUING TO MONITOR ENROLLMENT AND WE ARE USING TRENDING TECHNOLOGY, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO UAS OR DRONES. AND MONITORING THIS SIDE OF THE FIRE. AND AS YOU GO THROUGH THE TRAILHEAD THROUGH PERALTA ROAD, THIS FIRELINE WE WORKED A LOT HERE IN RECENT DAYS AND BEEFED UP THIS LINE FROM FIRE RETARDANT  ‑‑  THIS IS WHAT YOU SEE FROM THE SUPERSTITIOUS FROM YOUR HOMES. AND THESE ARE FROM THE CHUNKS AND THEY ARE UP THERE TRAIL. AND IT IS VERY IMPORTANT, FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE IS THAT YOU ARE ON THE GROUND AND FROM THE AIRPLANE OR WATER ON THE GROUND AND THE FIRE DOES GO OUT AND SOMETIMES IT DOES. BUT WE HAVE TO BACK THAT UP OF WHAT WE CALL THE BOOTS ON THE GROUND. AND THIS FIRE HERE IS THE MAIN CONCERN IN THE EARLY DAYS BECAUSE THE FIRE MOVED OFF TO THE NORTH TO THE WEST BUT WE WERE ABLE TO SECURE THAT WITH RETARDANT AND THIS IT IS HARD TO SEE FROM YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN BUT YOU MIGHT SEE A LIGHTLY SHADED AREA HERE. IT IS ATTACHED, AND IT IS IN A BIT OF A BLUE CUBE. WHAT THAT IS, THAT IS THE OLD WOODBURY FIRE AND THIS BUMPED INTO THAT FIRE WHICH WAS GOOD BECAUSE IMMEDIATELY IT WENT OUT WHEN WE GOT TO THE WOODBURY FIRE.

SO THIS WHOLE AREA IS NOT A CONCERN OF OURS SO IT IS GOING INTO ROCKS AND MINERAL DIRT AND MINERAL SOIL. SO GOING AROUND THE EAST SIDE OF THE FIRE THIS IS THE DIVISION WHISKEY.

W. AND THERE IS ISSUES AND THERE IS ISSUES IN EARLIER DAYS AND A FEW HOT SPOTS. AND SLOW BURNING STUMPS LIKE THAT, AND WE HAVE ONE SPECIFICALLY TO A 60‑ACRE AREA THAT WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT. BUT WITH THE NEW TECHNOLOGY WITH DRONES AND PUT SOME HOTSHOTS ON THE GROUND, WE WERE ABLE TO SECURE THAT. AND SO THIS IS FROM THE VALLEY. AND THAT IS LOOKING REALLY GOOD. AND WE HAVE HOTSHOT CREWS UP HERE FOR DAYS. AND SO THAT IS THE UPDATE ON THE SAWTOOTH FIRE, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE ON‑LINE.

THANK YOU.

>> I AM SEAN COX, AND THIS I WILL SLOW IT DOWN HERE. AND SO WE WILL START WITH THE HIGHEST AIRCRAFT THAT WE NORMALLY SEE. AND REFERENCE THAT ON THE RADIO CALL. AND AIR ATTACK FUNCTIONS IN A DIFFERENT AREAS OF MAP. AND FIRST OFF NUMBER ONE CONCERN IS AIRSPACE AND AIRSPACE SAFETY AND FOR THE TANKERS. AND AIR ATTACK HAS THAT EYE IN THE SKY AND YOU CAN COORDINATE WITH THE DIVISION GROUP SUPERVISORS AND TO OPERATION SECTION CHIEF. AND SO AS YOU GO DOWN, AND SOMETHING YOU SAW IN THE SAWTOOTH FIRE IN THE FIRST FEW DAYS IS THE AIR TANKERS AND SO THE FOREST SERVICE CONTACTS  ‑‑  WE HAVE A NUMBER OF THESE ASSETS OUT HERE ASSISTING WITH THE GROUND FIREFIGHTERS TO APPLY RETARDANT AND RETARD THE FIRE.

SO AS WE MOVE ON DOWN TOWARD THAT SAC AND THE AIRSPACE, AND WE HAVE TWO FUNCTIONS AND THE ONE THAT IS NOT COMMON  ‑‑  OUR HELICOPTERS ARE DIVIDED IN THESE CATEGORIES AND TYPE I AND THEY CARRY THE BIGGEST VOLUME OF WATER. AND SO TWO HAVE BUCKETS AT 1800 GALLONS AND DOWN TO THE ICS TYPE II HELICOPTERS AND THIS CONSIST OF MEDIUM HELICOPTERS THAT CAN DO ALL TYPES OF FUNCTIONS FROM TWO TRANSPORT FOR FIREFIGHTERS TO THE DISCIPLINE MISSION IN CARGO AND IT IS ALL USE, ALL APPLICATION TYPE AIRCRAFT, AND IT CAN CARRY MORE FIREFIGHTERS. AND AS WE MOVE ON DOWN TO OUR TYPE III ICS HELICOPTERS AND THEY ARE THE SMALLEST ONES AND THEY HAVE THE SAME FUNCTION AS OUR TYPE II HELICOPTERS AND SO WE HAVE ONE HAVE THOSE AIRCRAFT THAT IS AVAILABLE TO  ‑‑  THEY ARE ADJACENT TO THE FIRE AREA AND THEY NEED TO BE RAPIDLY DISTRACTED AND SO THEY CAN GET SOME MEDICAL TREATMENT AT A LOCAL TRAUMA CENTER. 

ONE THING THAT WE ARE USING IN THIS FIRE, AND WE HAVE FOUR DRONES. SO THE FOREST SERVICE HAS BEEN SEEKING THIS TECHNOLOGY. AND THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT COST REDUCTION BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY WE ARE REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF FLIGHTS AND PEOPLE THAT WE ARE PUTTING IN THERE AND THE POTENTIAL HAZARDOUS  ‑‑  WE ARE GETTING ALL KINDS OF IMAGERY AND HELPING OUT WITH OUR RESOURCE ADVISOR AND ET CETERA. THIS IS A UNIQUE FEATURE AND CAPABILITY THAT WE HAVE ON THIS FIRE RIGHT NOW.

SO AS WE CONTINUE ON THROUGH THE REST OF THE FIRE SEASON, I WOULD ANTICIPATE THAT TECHNOLOGY TO CONTINUE AND AS WE GET TOGETHER AND YOU WILL SEE HOW YOU AND THE PUBLIC AND TAXPAYER WHO AND HOW THE MONEY IS SPENT. AND THAT IS ALL WE HAVE FOR NOW RIGHT. AND I WILL LOOK IN THE CHAT BOX RIGHT NOW. AND I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY AND NOW WE WILL TALK TO OUR INCIDENT COMMANDER. 

>> I AM ALAN SINCLAIR, AND SO WE ARE COMING FROM THE JURISDICTION AND THE CURRENT FIRE IN THE ARIZONA STATE LAND AND THERE IS ONE TONTO NATIONAL MONUMENT AND THOSE LEADERS WILL ASSIGN DELEGATION TO ME TO ASSUME COMMAND OF THE FIRE. AND THE WORK THAT WAS DONE WITH THE INITIAL RESOURCES AND THE TYPE TEAM THAT WAS BROUGHT IN SET US UP FOR SUCCESS AND WE HAVE A LOT OF ORGANIZATION AND INTERACT WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE THE FIRE IS BEING CONTAINED. AND NUMBER ONE CONCERN IS THE PUBLIC SAFETY. AND THE FIRE HAS NOT BEEN VERY ACTIVE OVER THE LAST PASSED SEVERAL DAYS, BUT THERE IS STILL A THREAT OUT THERE. BUT I KNOW ABOUT THESE  ‑‑  IT IS A WILD PARK, AND WE HAVE GOT  ‑‑  THIS IS CAUSING LARGE FIRE GROWTH. AND THE GRASS CROP HAS THE POTENTIAL FOR FIRES TO SPREAD RAPIDLY.

SO WE ARE VERY ENGAGED IN THIS FIRE FIGHTING OUT HERE. SO HERE THIS IS A SPECIAL FIRE FOR ME AND I RESIDENCE HERE AND THIS IS APACHE JUNCTION AND SO WE NEED TO KNOW THE FIREFIGHTERS ARE ENGAGED AND I KNOW IT IS VERY WELL THAT IS DIFFICULT. AND SO I HAVE BEEN HERE FOR YEARS  ‑‑  THE WORK THAT IS BEING DONE OUT THERE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT BUT THEY ARE DOING A GREAT JOB WITH IT. AND WE WERE ASKED TO KEEP THIS FIRE SMALL. AND THE CREWS HAVE DONE THAT, SO WE ARE ENGAGED, AND THE COMMUNITIES ARE BEING PROTECTED, AND OUR FIREFIGHTERS ARE BEING KEPT SAFE. AND WE ARE GLAD TO BE HERE.

THANK YOU.

>> SPEAKER: ALL RIGHT THANK YOU, WE APPRECIATE ALL OF THE SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITIES AND ESPECIALLY THE FIREFIGHTERS THAT ARE OUT THERE DOING THE AMAZING WORK FOR THE SAWTOOTH FIRE. SO FOR MORE INFORMATION, AND WE WILL POST THE REST OF OUR CONTACT INFORMATION IN THE BOX BELOW. AND WE HAVE PIO'S THAT ARE MONITORING THIS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS, AND WE WILL GET BACK TO YOU. SO AGAIN THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AND WE APPRECIATE IT.

AND ONE MORE THING ALAN WOULD LIKE TO SAY.

>> I WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR FOLKS FROM ARIZONA PROGRAM AND THEY ARE DOING THE CAPTIONING.

>> SPEAKER: EVERYBODY HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND AND STAY HYDRATED AND TAKE CARE.

THANK YOU!

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