The Basin Fire is burning in San Carlos. It is a low intensity fire that started on April 22. The fire has grown to 6,018 acres. It is consuming heavy fuels in the ponderosa pine stringers with creeping through the grass understory of oak/juniper woodlands on the hills and ridges.
The main objectives of the fire are:
- Fire fighter and public safety;
- Monitor fires, including observing and recording weather, fuels, fire behavior and smoke, evaluating land use and resource management for using fire for ecological benefits and identifying values to be protected;
- Manage fire for multiple objectives including reducing hazardous fuel loading, creating ignition buffers and creating open mosaic patterns in woodland ecosystems within the designated perimeter;
- Provide training opportunities for BIA and Tribal employees; and
- Keep Tribe, Tribal members and neighbors informed on the fire status
Resources assigned include:
- 1 Type 6 engine
- 1 Type 2 IA crew
- 2 pieces of heavy equipment
- 5 miscellaneous overhead
Roads 1516 and 1559 were connected to secure the North and East side of the fire. Black lining the perimeter roads has been completed and the main activity is interior. A slop-over on the north end of the fire was contained by crews on May 5. The lines held through red flag conditions on May 6.