An increased chance of monsoonal moisture will occur in the fire area today and last into next week, bringing an increase in cloud cover and relative humidity.
Showers and thunderstorms with the potential to produce flash flooding and debris flows off the Pipeline Fire scar, as well as the Tunnel and Museum fire scars, may occur. Higher relative humidity will minimize fire behavior. Heat and smoke will still be present within the fire perimeter as interior pockets continue to burn unconsumed fuels.
Minimal fire growth occurred last night. As containment continues to increase, firefighters will shift focus to suppression repair, and minimizing potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities. These activities will help aid in mitigating impacts to predicted incoming precipitation. In containment areas, suppression repair will take place along constructed dozer lines, as well as roads and trails that were used as fireline. These activities are occurring at the southern edge of the fire near the Timberline community and the northern edge that runs from the Strawberry Crater area toward the powerline corridor where heavy equipment is being used. On the southwest edge from Fremont Peak running north toward the Inner Basin Trailhead, crews are monitoring fire progression and will engage as necessary.
Some heat and smoke are still occurring within the fire perimeter and firefighter and aviation resources continue to assess and take action to extinguish when necessary and where possible. Crews will continue to take advantage of the conditions to perform suppression repair and address hot spots. Day and night shift initial attack groups stand ready to quickly respond to any spotting over the line or new starts caused by the incoming thunderstorms.
Minimal heat was detected across the fire yesterday and negligible growth occured. Favorable conditions allowed for the gain of additional containment in the northwestern perimeter of the fire. Crews will continue to monitor and patrol containment lines. Firefighters continue to secure the southern edge of the fire, and will extinguish hotspots within the interior in addition to patrolling and monitoring for areas that could potentially cause a threat to established fireline.
Evacuations, road and trail closures, and restrictions
Highway 89 is now open. An area closure is in place on the Coconino National Forest for the Pipeline Fire. For full descriptions of road closures and fire restrictions go to: fs.usda.gov/coconino/. Evacuations are still in effect around the fire area. Evacuation information can be found at bit.ly/Pipeline-Haywire-Evacs.
Total fire resources assigned: Roughly 702 personnel, including: eight Hotshot crews, 11 hand crews, 41 engines, 15 water tenders, four dozers and five helicopters