Kaibab National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
800 S. 6th St.
Williams, AZ 86046
Gila/ Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team Pedro Valenzuela, Incident Commander
Friday, July 03, 2020, 8:00 A.M. MT
Fire Information Line: (602)345-0469
Additional Fire Information available: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: origin 30 miles south of Fredonia
Start Date: June 6, 2020
Cause: under investigation
Total Personnel: 291
Vegetation: Timber and piñon/juniper with grass/shrub understory
Resources: One Type 1 20-person handcrews, two 20-person initial attack handcrews, 17 fire engines, 3 helicopters, 5 dozers, and 13 water tenders.
FIREFIGHTERS ANTICIPATE THUNDER STORMS AS SUPPRESSION REPAIR CONTINUES
Yesterday crews continued with suppression repair, while monitoring areas where fuel is still burning. Fire crews will continue suppression repair today, grading and repairing damaged roads, filling and re-contouring hand lines and dozer lines, chipping woody debris, and felling and removing standing dead trees that pose a risk to public and firefighter safety. Fire activity is expected to be minimal, but there is an increased potential for widely scattered thunder storms, and a 40% chance of wetting rain this afternoon. Strong gusty outflow winds from any storms that develop could increase the intensity of the fire and threaten containment lines. There is also a possibility of new fires started by lightning.
Safety: The Fourth of July weekend is upon us, and tourist traffic is increasing. Motorists should be alert for the presence of firefighting vehicles on local roads.
Closures: Forest Road 22 is closed between road 422 and road 429. Highways 67 and 89A are open to public travel. The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is now open (see: www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark/). The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have amended closure orders for the North Kaibab Ranger District and Bureau of Land Management land east of Fredonia. See: www.facebook.com/KaibabNF/ and https://blm.gov/office/arizona-strip-field-office/.
Restrictions: Kaibab National Forest has implemented Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. For a full list of restrictions, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/kaibab/alerts-notices/?aid=58061
Evacuations: None. The area along House Rock road remains under “ready” status.
For further information, please visit the following links:
CDC Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/smoke-faq.html Wire Pass Fire Information: https://blm.gov/office/arizona-strip-field-office/ Phone # (435) 899-0415
A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. Wildfires are No Drone Zones. If you fly, we can’t.