Posted: 8/27/2015 - 11:55 am
Heavy rains earlier this week significantly reduced activity on the Rattlesnake Fire, which has been burning approximately 5 miles west of Bumble Bee in the Castle Creek Wilderness. In monitoring the area for the past couple of days and observing no further activity, fire managers have called the wildfire 100% contained as of last night.
The total area affected by the Rattlesnake Fire is 4,910 acres. Land managers have completed an initial assessment of the landscape post-fire and will take a closer look at potential rehabilitation needs in the coming weeks. It is expected that the area will require minimal rehabilitation work.
The Rattlesnake Fire burned naturally and completely...
Posted: 8/25/2015 - 3:51 pm
Global positioning mapping of the Ojo Blanco Fire today revealed a more accurate size of the fire perimeter to be 1,957 acres, rather than the estimate of 1,650 acres reported during the last two days.
Fire crews are finishing up with the mop up for the fire today and finding few remaining sources of heat.
At the end of today’s operational period, fire management will be returned to a small type 4 management team and the Coronado National Forest Nogales Ranger District’s assigned fire crews to patrol. These patrols will remain for a few more days to insure security of the fire perimeter.
This will be the final update for the Ojo Blanco Fire. Future significant information...
Posted: 8/25/2015 - 3:30 pm
The lightning-caused Little Giant Fire was detected on August 24. The fire is primarily burning on a steep north aspect with heavy dead and down fuels and numerous snags. Smoke will be visible from Springerville as well as other local communities and area roads including Arizona State Highway 260, while the fire continues to burn.
Local fire managers will monitor the fire while identifying opportunities to confine the fire with the least exposure to fire personnel and resource needs. Areas adjacent to the fire have been treated with combinations of commercial thinning and prescribed fire. There is currently no private property or resources being threatened and there are no road closures...
Posted: 8/25/2015 - 11:11 am
Firefighters yesterday made great progress in securing hotspots within the Ojo Blanco Fire’s perimeter. Aided by substantial rains over the entire fire Sunday and Monday evenings, and a reconnaissance flight Monday morning that identified remaining heat, firefighters worked yesterday to suppress perimeter hot spots. This will enable some crews and engines to be released to other assignments today.
Two hand crews will remain assigned, aided by four engines. Today these crews will continue patrolling the fire’s perimeter to insure security. With additional rains last night over the fire, it is anticipated management of the fire will revert to a smaller type 4 management team on Wednesday...
Posted: 8/24/2015 - 12:22 pm
The Ojo Blanco Fire received significant precipitation night, and fire behavior is minimal this morning. The acreage was mapped at 1900 acres this morning, with additional acres resulting from yesterday's growth before the rain.
Date of Origin Thursday August 20th, 2015 approx. 12:00 PM
Location: East slope of Mt. Fagan
Incident Commander: Coronado NF, Nogales RD
Total Personnel: 110
Size: 1,900 Acres
Fuels Involved: Brush, Grass
Planned Actions: ...