Back burns scheduled for Gate 13 Fire as weather conditions look favorable

February 11, 2018 - 2:25 pm

The Department of Forestry and Fire Management joined the Camp Navajo Incident Command team located at the Camp Navajo Fire Department today as the Gate 13 Fire continues to burn on the installation.

Wildland firefighters joined the fight as first responders prepare to back burn the western and eastern flanks of the blaze and mitigate the spread of fire.

Northern Arizona weather forecasts are considered favorable for these planned operations.  

In addition, the unified command is scheduled to continue water drops from National Guard aviation assets to suppress flames.  

The decision to bring in DFFM assets came yesterday when high winds carried over the edge of Volunteer Canyon toward a thick forested area full of trees downed by tornadoes and piles of tree trimming created during road clearing efforts. 

The air space around the fire area will remain closed to non-firefighting aircraft assets until further notice.    

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will continue to monitor air quality from Ponderosa Fire Station in Bellemont and in Kachina Village, 6 miles south of Flagstaff near I-17.

Safety signs are in place along I-40 to warn drivers of the potential hazards caused by smoke along the freeway.

The fire remains at approximately 900-acres on an area that precludes active fire suppression and remains within the established containment lines.

This fire poses no risk to facilities or current operations of the installation. This fire is well contained within the boundaries of the Camp Navajo installation. The fire is burning slowly in Volunteer Canyon and more rapidly in the open grasslands.

Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, which includes Camp Navajo, is in close coordination with Coconino and Kaibab National Forests, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, other local fire district partners and Coconino County.

The fire is burning in an area that is unsafe for firefighters to actively conduct fire suppression operations, therefore, a containment strategy was chosen. Due to the inability to actively suppress this fire in its current location we anticipate smoke in the region for an extended period.

Fire details: Location: Camp Navajo

Start date: February 6, 2017

Size: Approximately 900 acres

Cause: Demolition operations

Resources Assigned: 16 personnel

  • 3 Graders
  • 2 Dozers
  • 3 Water tenders
  • 2 Type 6 engines
  • 2 Black Hawk Helicopters with Bambi Buckets

(Additional DFFM Resources have not been added to this list)

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, spruce, juniper and grasslands
Fire Information:
Arizona Emergency Information Network:
Arizona National Guard Public Affairs (602) 513-6482 or
[email protected]