Posted: 5/18/2018 - 10:49 pm
Date/Time Reported: reported Saturday, May 12th, around 1:30pm
Location: Approximately 29 miles SE of Willcox, AZ. The fire started on private land, and has moved to the north and east onto Chiricahua National Monument and the Coronado National Forest.
Estimated Size: approximately 1,200 acres
Cause: human caused, under investigation
Resources: Approximately 84 personnel including (2) hotshot crews (Mesa & Geronimo) , (2) Type 2 handcrews, (3) chippers, (2) dumptrucks, 1...
Posted: 5/18/2018 - 3:01 pm
Coconino National Forest will temporarily close six large areas to public access beginning Wednesday (May 23) at 8 a.m. due to fire danger and for public safety. Areas outside of the closures will remain in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions....
Posted: 5/18/2018 - 12:50 pm
Pinery Fire activity is minimal, with some smoldering observed. The fire is hung up on cliffs and rocky outcroppings on ridgetops, and has not progressed further north into Chiricahua National Monument. No additional growth is expected. There have been no structures lost and no injuries.
Firefighters have constructed as much direct line as they're able to do so given the steep, rocky terrain. Hotshot crews are patrolling areas where they constructed direct handline, and are monitoring fire activity where it is hung up in the cliffs and rocky outcroppings. Handcrews are chipping cut vegetation from structural prep work in the Chiricahua National Monument headquarters area. This work is...
Posted: 5/18/2018 - 12:44 pm
Chiricahua National Monument will open to the public on Saturday, May 19. The park has been closed due to the Pinery Fire and related fire clean-up efforts. This wildland fire began Saturday, May 12th on private land but quickly spread into the park. Some of the burned area overlaps with the 2011 Horseshoe II Fire area. Fortunately, quick response efforts ensured that no park structures were burned.
The National Park Service is very grateful to the partnering federal, state and local agencies that have assisted with this fire. The interagency teamwork and cooperation between wildland fire crews and local fire departments has been fantastic. We also appreciate local...
Posted: 5/17/2018 - 9:21 pm
With fire severity extraordinarily high and much of Arizona in extreme drought conditions, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management will close state lands in two counties to recreational use.
As of 12:01 am, Friday May 18th, Stage III, or full closures, will be implemented on state-owned and managed lands in both Apache and Navajo Counties.
All state-owned and managed lands in those counties are closed to all entry for recreational purposes, including hunting, camping, and off-road vehicle use. Target shooting and fireworks are never allowed on state lands at any time.
“The high fire danger and fire severity level is a major public safety concern and citizens and...