Posted: 6/25/2015 - 8:35 pm
The Locust Fire on the North Kaibab Ranger District is now at 1,088 acres with approximately 113 personnel on the incident. The lightning-caused fire was determined to be appropriate to manage for protection and resource management objectives and is located in the Kaibab Plateau just 3 miles east of the Rainbow Rim.
The fire continues to be managed for multiple resource objectives. These objectives include returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem, reducing accumulated fuels on the forest floor; recycling of nutrients into the soil; enhancing wildlife habitat and protecting the area from future high-intensity wildland fires.
The weather forecast continues to show hot and dry...
Posted: 6/23/2015 - 9:59 pm
Yesterday’s operational period was unique for North Zone fire managers on the Kaibab Plateau. Firefighters were managing unplanned ignitions and planned prescribed fire ignitions simultaneously; the lightning-caused Locust Fire which was determined to be appropriate to manage for protection and resource management objectives, and at the same time, firefighters implemented prescribed fire in the vicinity of Mile-and-a-Half campground.
Although two distinctly different operations with separate management teams, both fires were managed to achieve similar objectives such as returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem, reducing fuel loads and the threat of uncharacteristic wildfires in the...
Posted: 6/23/2015 - 9:38 pm
The Hog Fire is burning on the west side of the Peloncillo Mountains. The fire is approximately 6,800 acres and is estimated to be 25 percent contained.
The fire gained additional ground since our previous aerial survey the morning of June 21st. Fire managers aerially surveyed the fire’s perimeter this morning which revealed additional burned acreage. This morning’s survey showed the two previous mid-day burn periods have added another 3,000 acres to the fire’s total. The majority of the new acreage is now on the New Mexico side of the Coronado National Forest. Fire effects on the landscape continue to be light to moderate with...
Posted: 6/23/2015 - 5:20 pm
The Kearny Fire is estimated at 1,428 acres and is approximately 85 percent contained. Forward progress of the fire has stopped. No fire movement is expected today. Crews worked to clean up containment lines.
Posted: 6/23/2015 - 10:14 am
Fire operations for the Horse Tank Fire resulted in approximately 400 acres being burned last night, and crews will begin to scale back tomorrow as the fire’s progression begins to lessen and objectives are being met.
Crews on the Camillo Fire initiated ignitions last night near Mint Tank and in strategic areas along the power line, burning approximately 1,000 acres.
The Horse Tank and Camillo fires are fulfilling their natural and crucial role in the ecosystem. The forest needs frequent, low severity fire to restore wildlife habitat, promote healthy vegetation, reduce fuels and the risk of severe fire, and create safer conditions for residents,...