The Baker Canyon Fire is most active on the southern and eastern edges of the fire. Fire behavior is light to moderate in areas of lighter fuels/vegetation and mostly driven by occasional wind gusts. While night-time temperatures dropped below freezing in the fire area last night they did not see an increase in humidity, which helps moderate fire activity, typically into the next day.
Natural breaks in vegetation (fire/fuel breaks) are effectively holding the fire and crews continue to improve upon these breaks and construct new breaks (fireline) to increase the percentage of containment of the fire. The fire has moved onto Forest Service [Coronado National Forest] managed land and across into New Mexico. Gusty and erratic winds as well as dry conditions continue to remain a critical challenge to firefighters and managers. Fire managers continue to work with area ranchers and land owners.
The fire is burning in grass and brush, which is a very dynamic fuel type and highly affected by weather conditions. Fire managers are working on safe and strategic positioning/utilization of the resources currently assigned to the fire and have the ability to order and access other resources as needed.
Access into the area is difficult. Fire managers are taking an indirect approach to the fire as a result; identifying areas that can be safely accessed by firefighting resources.
Red Flag conditions (high winds and low relative humidity) are a major concern.
No homes or out buildings are being threatened by the fire at this time.
Baker Canyon Fire summary:
- Start date: March 21 at approx. 5 a.m.
- Location: approximately 28 mi NE of Douglas, Ariz., W of the Arizona/New Mexico border.
- Size: 6,200 acres
- Cause: Under investigation
- Fuel type(s): Grass and brush
- Personnel: 105
- Resources include: Air Attack, 1 - Type 3 Helicopter, 3 - Engines, 3 - Type 2 crews